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Shirley Cameron To Be Inducted Into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Female Hockey Builder Shirley Cameron has been named among the 2016 inductees into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

The Edmonton native was at the forefront of women’s ice hockey in Canada for 30 years. As a player, and more importantly as a coach and builder, Cameron had a significant impact on the growth of women’s hockey from the early 1970s, until her retirement from the game in 2006. She was one of the founders of the Edmonton Chimos, one of the most successful women’s ice hockey teams in Canadian sporting history.

Cameron’s accomplishments as a player include winning National Championships with the Chimos in 1984, 1985 and 1992, and serving as Captain of the gold-medal winning team in the first International Women’s Hockey World Championship in 1990.

As a coach, Cameron won a Bronze Medal with Team Alberta at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and earned several medals at the National Championships with the Edmonton Chimos. She won the Female Hockey Breakout Award in 2006, and was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the Edmonton Chimos in 2005.

Cameron and the other 2016 inductees will be officially inducted on June 3. Click here to view all 2016 Alberta Sport Hall of Fame Inductees.

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Slash, Buffaloes in search of National titles

RED DEER -The hunt for a National title is underway for a pair of Alberta’s Midget AAA teams, as the 2019 Esso Cup and Telus Cup are both set to begin.


The journey for a three-peat begins on Sunday for the St. Albert Slash, as the 2019 Esso Cup gets underway in Sudbury, ON.

The Slash are representing the Pacific region at the tournament for the third straight year, and are the two-time reigning Esso Cup champions.

The Slash kick off their tournament Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm MST against the As de Quebec.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >


Meanwhile, the Calgary Buffaloes look to bring a Telus Cup title back to Alberta since the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

The 2019 Telus Cup kicks off Monday in Thunder Bay, ON. Calgary opens the tournament against the host Thunder Bay Kings at 5:30pm.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >

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2019 Peewee Prospects Cup rosters announced

RED DEER – The 160 players competing in the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup in Lethbridge, May 8-12, have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

The Peewee Prospects Cup program is the first step of the Hockey Alberta Development program and is held in off years of the Alberta Winter Games. It provides second-year peewee athletes, coaches, trainers and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition.

The players are divided into the eight teams who will take to the ice at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge. Twenty 2006-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches and director of operations.

Peewee Prospects Cup Rosters > | Peewee Prospects Cup Schedule >

Rosters were selected following four regional camps held April 12-14 in Calgary, Olds, Edmonton and Vegreville, with two teams formed from each camp.

"We were once again very impressed with the level of talent displayed at all four regional camps this past weekend," said Dustin Moore, Coordinator of Team Alberta Male. "We’re looking forward to seeing what the 160 athletes selected to play in the Peewee Prospects Cup will bring to the ice in Lethbridge in May."

The Peewee Prospects Cup is a four-day, tournament-format competition. Round-robin action begins on Thursday, May 9 with six games. There are six games on Friday and four on Saturday, with the finals set for Sunday. All games are open to the public, and are free to attend.


For more information on the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca

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Calling all volunteers!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across a number of committees for the 2019-20 hockey season.

Volunteers are the faces of Hockey Alberta within their communities, positively representing themselves and the organization in regular encounters on a daily basis with participants in our sport.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers play integral roles in ensuring that Hockey Alberta is able to deliver high quality and efficient programming and services to the more than 90,000 participants across the province. Responsibilities range from day-to-day involvement in administration and discipline decisions for minor hockey, to coaching, instructing and mentoring, to working as a trainer or equipment manager in the Team Alberta program.

Currently, applications are being sought from interested individuals for a number of positions.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM >

Volunteering with Hockey Alberta also offers the following opportunities:

  • To stay involved in the game that you love
  • To engage the community to improve the game of hockey in Alberta
  • To develop interpersonal skills that go beyond the game

More information can be found on the volunteer page of Hockey Alberta’s website.

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2019 Alberta Challenge rosters announced

RED DEER – The 120 players competing in the 2019 Alberta Challenge in Leduc, May 1-5, have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

The Alberta Challenge is the top Bantam female hockey tournament in Alberta, featuring many of the players who could be playing for various teams in the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) for years to come. The tournament also serves as a major step in Hockey Alberta’s Alberta Built Program of Excellence for players, coaches, officials and support staff.

The players are divided into the six teams who will take to the ice at Sobeys Arena in the Leduc Recreation Centre. Twenty 2004 and 2005-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations.

Alberta Challenge Rosters > | Alberta Challenge Schedule >

Rosters were selected following two regional camps held April 5-7 in Cochrane and Fort Saskatchewan, with two teams formed from each camp.

"It was very exciting to see the talent level displayed at each of the regional camps over the weekend," said Taryn Baumgardt, Hockey Alberta’s Coordinator of Female Hockey. "And now with the rosters in place, we are looking forward to watching these athletes show their skills at the competition in Leduc."

The Alberta Challenge is a four-day, tournament-format competition. Round-robin action begins on Thursday, May 2 with three games. There are six games on Friday and three on Saturday, with finals set for Sunday.


Tournament Passes

Tournament passes for the 2019 Alberta Challenge are now on sale. An adult tournament pass is $30 (plus service charge), a youth tournament pass (10-17 years) is $15 (plus service charge), a family tournament pass (two adults and two youth) is $70 (plus service charge), and children 9 and under will be free of charge. Day Passes will also be available at the door.

Tournament Passes >

NOTE: Tournament passes will only be available online. Day passes will be available at the door.


Alberta Challenge Apparel

Alberta Challenge apparel is now available for pre-purchase.

Alberta Challenge Apparel >

For more information on the 2019 Alberta Challenge, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at tbaumgardt@hockeyalberta.ca

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2019 Allan Cup kicks off in Lacombe

RED DEER - Two of Alberta’s Senior AAA teams have a chance to win a national championship in their home province this year, as the 2019 Allan Cup kicks off in Lacombe on Monday.

The host Lacombe Generals look to hoist the Allan Cup for a fourth time, having previously won in 2009, 2013 and 2016 (as the Bentley Generals). Meanwhile, the Innisfail Eagles earned their first crack at the national title after defeating the Stony Plain Eagles in Allan Cup West league playoffs.

Innisfail takes on the Rosetown Redwings in the tournament-opening game on Monday at 4:00pm, while the host Generals kick off tournament play at 8:00pm against the South East Prairie Thunder. All games take place at the Gary Moe Sportsplex in Lacombe. A full schedule can be found at allancup.ca.

All games are available to watch online free of charge at HNLive.ca.


Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the nine Albertan Officials selected to work the 2019 Allan Cup.

Referees Cody Rude (Leduc), Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer), Colin Watt (Edmonton), and Kevin Webinger (Calgary), and linesmen Ethan Cronkhite (Beaumont), Aidan Henderson (Calgary), Cody Huseby (Red Deer), Przemek Iwaniec (Calgary) and Ryan Petryshyn (Edmonton) are among those selected to work the annual national Senior AAA championship.

Referees

Colin Watt – Hometown is Edmonton, Refereeing for 15+ seasons, last 10 in the WHL. Has worked the 2013 Allan Cup, 2015 and 2018 Jr.A Nationals (Royal Bank Cup), and 2017 and 2019 USports Nationals (CIS), and multiple AJHL league finals.

Kevin Webinger – Hometown is Calgary, Refereeing for 18 years, obtained his Level 6 in 2015, has been refereeing in the WHL, AJHL and Usports (CIS) for 9 season and Para-Ice Hockey since 2011, working the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Korea.

Colin Stefanyk – Hometown is Red Deer, been refereeing for 20+ seasons, obtaining his Level 6 in 2017. He’s worked the AJHL finals 6 times, Doyle Cup 3 times and refereed at the Western Canada Cup in 2016, Allan Cup in 2018, and World Jr.A Challenge in 2018. He also worked the USports Canada West Finals in 2018 and CJHL Top Prospects game in 2019, in Okotoks.

Cody Rude – Hometown is Edmonton, been officiating for 24 years. Attended the Allan Cup in 2018, Royal Bank Cup 2015, World Jr.A Challenge in 2015, and has worked 7 AJHL Finals.

Linesmen

Ethan Cronkhite – Hometown is Lloydminster, currently living in Beaumont. Refereeing for 15 years, with 5+ seasons working WHL, CIS, and Jr.A. Notable assignments include the Telus Cup in 2012, World U17 Championship in 2017, and WHL Canada vs Russia series in 2016.

Ryan Petryshyn – Hometown is Edmonton, been an official for 26 years, working the AJHL and Senior AAA for 15+ seasons, working numerous league finals at both levels.

Aidan Henderson – Hometown is Airdrie, been an official for 24 years, 12 in the WHL and 14 in the AJHL, working the AJHL league finals 3 times and the Western Canada Cup in 2015.

Cody Huseby – Hometown is Rocky Mountain House, currently living in Red Deer. He’s been an official for 20+ seasons, working the WHL for 10 season, AJHL and Senior AAA for 13 seasons. On the National and International stage Cody worked the U17 World Championships in 2009, Telus Cup 2009, Royal Bank cup 2011, Allan Cup 2013, Gretzky-Hlinka U17 Tournament 2018 and most recently the 2019 U20 Div II Group A World Championships in Estonia.

Przemek Iwaniec – Hometown is Wroclaw, Poland, currently living in Calgary. He’s been an official for 15 years, currently working Usports, WHL, ACAC, and AJHL as a linesman. Notable assignments include the 2018 AJHL finals, 2018 Doyle Cup, 2018 World Jr.A Challenge, and 2019 Midget AAA Pacific Championships as a Referee.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Results

RED DEER - The fourth and final weekend of the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, came to a close on Sunday as the Junior B Provincials wrapped up in Wetaskiwin.

The Airdrie Thunder skated away with the 2019 Junior B Provincial banner, de-throning the reigning two-time champion Wainwright Bisons in overtime.

Earlier in the day, the host Wetaskiwin Icemen defeated the Edmonton Beverly Warriors 5-3 to capture bronze.

In Pacific Regional Championship action, both the Calgary Midget AAA Buffaloes and St. Albert Slash punched their tickets to the 2019 Telus Cup and Esso Cup, respectively. The Buffaloes defeated the Caribou Cougars in two straight games to advance to the Telus Cup, while the St. Albert Slash defated the Greater Vancouver Comets for a third straight year, and will aim for a three-peat at the Esso Cup.

The 2019 Allan Cup kicks off in Lacombe on Wednesday, with the Lacombe Generals and Innsifail Eagles both in the hunt for the annual Senior AAA National Championship.

2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Game

Junior B - Airdie Thunder 4, Wainwright Bisons 3 (OT)

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Week Three Results > Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine Provincial champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Innisfail Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe wins two-game, total-goal series 7-4

Game One: Lacombe 4, Innisfail 1
Game Two: Lacombe 3, Innisfail 3

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Calgary 7, St. Albert 4

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Fort Sask 5, Red Deer 4 (2OT)

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The Humboldt Broncos

RED DEER – On the one year anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, Hockey Alberta and the Alberta hockey community remembers the 29 and the families, friends and communities affected.

In honour of the Humboldt Broncos, Hockey Alberta is encouraging you to give life this April by donating blood, whether it’s with your team, family, friends, or on your own. Visit blood.ca and book your appointment today.

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Slash, Buffaloes set for Pacifics

RED DEER - A pair of Alberta teams look to punch their ticket to a national championship as the Midget AAA and Midget AAA Female Pacific Regional Championships go this weekend.

Just over a week since they won the Midget AAA provincial championship, the Calgary Midget AAA Buffaloes will host the Cariboo Cougars in a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the 2019 Telus Cup. Games one and two are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, with game three scheduled for Sunday at 2:00pm, if necessary. All three games take place at Cardel Rec South in Calgary.

The 2019 Telus Cup runs April 22-28 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Meanwhile, for the third straight year, the St. Albert Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League will battle the Greater Vancouver Comets for a spot in the Esso Cup. The Slash defeated the Comets in the previous two Pacific Regional Championships en route to back-to-back Esso Cup championships.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with game three set for Sunday at 12:45pm, if necessary. All three games take place at the Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 21-27 in Sudbury, Ontario.

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Hockey Alberta Officials Committee and Regional Coordinator applications now being accepted

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications from interested and experienced individuals for positions on the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee or Regional Coordinator positions.

Openings include Data Coordinator, Male Development Coordinator, Female Development Coordinator, Supervision Coordinator, Provincial Match Penalty Coordinator, Match Penalty Coordinator (North and South), Leadership Coordinator, and Regional Coordinators (Peace, North, North East, North Central, Central, South).

Officials Committee Application Form >

Applications for the Committee and Regional Coordinator positions close on April 12.


For more information, please contact Curtis Nichols, Manager, Officiating, at cnichols@hockeyalberta.ca

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Mike Klass, Director Business Operations, Hockey Alberta; Andy Kotowich, VP Fixed Operations, LAND Auto Group; Andrew James, Commercial Sales Manager, Lacombe Ford


Hockey Alberta and Lacombe Ford/Drayton Valley Ford announce new partnership

LACOMBE – A new partnership between Hockey Alberta and Lacombe Ford/ Drayton Valley Ford will make Hockey Alberta vehicles much more recognizable when travelling around the province.

The partnership sees Lacombe Ford/Drayton Valley Ford providing Hockey Alberta with a 2018 Ford Flex and Ford Explorer for the next two years.

The vehicles will be easily identifiable as belonging to Hockey Alberta thanks to eye-catching wraps on each vehicle. The wraps feature the Hockey Alberta logo as well as real-life photos captured at Hockey Alberta events that recognize the participants in our sport across the province.

“Hockey Alberta is pleased to be able to partner with Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford in a way that provides prominent exposure and recognition of our brand and our participants. When you see one of these vehicles at an arena in Alberta, that means there is important programming occurring to help in the development and training of the players and stakeholders in our great game,” said Mike Klass, Director of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta.

The logos for Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford are prominent on the vehicles, which have already been parked in key locations at Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships the past two weekends. Provincial Championships wrap up this weekend with Junior B in Wetaskiwin. As well, on the Hockey Alberta website, there is a direct link to learn more about the exclusive Free Tires 4 Life program only available through Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford.

“Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford are excited to be partnered with Hockey Alberta. Our dealerships have always been involved and supported minor sports in our local communities, so this felt like a natural fit and partnership for us. We believe that getting involved and supporting our young athletes and the organizations that continue to develop and grow their skills in sport, and in life, is a true win-win for everyone involved,” said Andy Kotowich, VP of Fixed Operations for Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford.

For more information on programs and events offered by Hockey Alberta, go to hockeyalberta.ca. For more information on the Tires 4 Life program through Lacombe Ford and Drayton Valley Ford, go totires4life.ca.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Four Preview

RED DEER - The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrap up this week as the Junior B Provincials kick off in Wetaskiwin.

You can keep track of all this weekend tournament at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and share it on Snapchat, as well as other social media platforms.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals began on March 30. The Brooks Bandits lead the Okotoks Oilers three games to one in the South Division Final, while the Sherwood Park Crusaders and Spruce Grove Saints are tied with two wins each in the North Division Final.


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior AA - Morinville Kings 7, Daysland Northstars 0
Junior C - Edmonton Avalanche 6,
Springbank Rockies 4
Midget AA - Medicine Hat Hounds 5,
CNHA Canucks 2
Midget Female Elite - Calgary Fire Red 5,
St. Albert Sharks 1
Peewee AA - Leduc Roughnecks 3,
Glenlake Hawks 1
Peewee Tier 1 - Slave Lake Thunder 4,
La Crete Lumberjacks 2
Peewee Tier 2 - Medicine Hat Hounds 3,
Westlock Warriors 2
Peewee Tier 3 - Fox Creek Bulldogs 5,
Provost Blades 2
Peewee Tier 4 - Loon River Jets 6,
Irvine Bulldogs 5 (OT)

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine Provincial champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Innisfail Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe wins two-game, total-goal series 7-4

Game One: Lacombe 4, Innisfail 1
Game Two: Lacombe 3, Innisfail 3

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Calgary 7, St. Albert 4

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Fort Sask 5, Red Deer 4 (2OT)

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2019 Alberta Cup rosters announced

RED DEER – The 120 players competing in the 2019 Alberta Cup in Red Deer, April 24-28, have been selected by Hockey Alberta.

The Alberta Cup is the top select Bantam hockey tournament in Alberta, featuring many of the players who will be chosen in the Western Hockey League draft which is held the following week. The Alberta Cup also is a major step in Hockey Alberta’s Alberta Built Program of Excellence for players, coaches, officials and support staff.

The players are divided onto the six teams will take to the ice at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College. Twenty 2004-born players comprise each roster, along with volunteers serving as head coach, assistant coaches, trainer, and director of operations.

2019 Alberta Cup Rosters > | 2019 Alberta Cup Schedule >

Rosters were selected following three regional camps held March 29-31 in Calgary, Blackfalds and Spruce Grove, with two teams formed from each camp.

"We were very impressed with the level of talent we saw at all three Alberta Cup Regional Camps this past weekend," said Michael Kraichy, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Team Alberta. "But, the work is just beginning for these athletes, not just for the upcoming competition, but also in the competition to earn a spot on the Team Alberta squad that will compete later this year."

The Alberta Cup is a four-day, tournament-format competition. Round-robin action begins on Thursday, April 24 with five games. There are for games on Friday and three on Saturday, with finals set for Sunday. The event includes an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League, and this year will also include the Hockey Alberta Awards presentation ceremony.

Eighty players from this year’s competition will be selected to attend Team Alberta’s Provincial Camp in July, with a chance to represent their province at the 2019 WHL Cup in Calgary.


Tournament Passes

Tournament passes for the 2019 Alberta Cup are now on sale. A weekend pass is $42 (includes GST and service charge), and children 12 and under will be free of charge. Day Passes will also be available at the door for $10 each.

Tournament Passes >

*Note - in order to purchase tickets through the Red Deer College ticketing system, you will first need to create an account.*


For more information on the Alberta Cup, click here.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Results

RED DEER - Week Three of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with ten new champions being crowned.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Lacombe Generals (Senior AAA), Morinville Kings (Senior AA), Edmonton Avalanche (Junior C), Medicine Hat Hounds (Midget AA), Calgary Fire Red (Midget Female Elite), Leduc Roughnecks (Peewee AA), Slave Lake Thunder (Peewee Tier 1), Medicine Hat Hounds (Peewee Tier 2), Fox Creek Bulldogs (Peewee Tier 3), and Loon River Jets (Peewee Tier 4).

The Senior AAA Provincial title was decided in a two-game, total-goal series between the Lacombe Generals and Innisfail Eagles, with Lacombe winning 7-4. Both teams will compete in the Allan Cup, which will be hosted by the Generals.

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals began on March 30. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are tied 1-1 in the South Division Final, while the Sherwood Park Crusaders hold a 2-0 lead over the Spruce Grove Saints in the North Division Final.

One Provincial championship is yet to be decided, as the Junior B Provincials are set for April 4-7 in Wetaskiwin.


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Senior AA - Morinville Kings 7, Daysland Northstars 0
Junior C - Edmonton Avalanche 6,
Springbank Rockies 4
Midget AA - Medicine Hat Hounds 5,
CNHA Canucks 2
Midget Female Elite - Calgary Fire Red 5,
St. Albert Sharks 1
Peewee AA - Leduc Roughnecks 3,
Glenlake Hawks 1
Peewee Tier 1 - Slave Lake Thunder 4,
La Crete Lumberjacks 2
Peewee Tier 2 - Medicine Hat Hounds 3,
Westlock Warriors 2
Peewee Tier 3 - Fox Creek Bulldogs 5,
Provost Blades 2
Peewee Tier 4 - Loon River Jets 6,
Irvine Bulldogs 5 (OT)

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine Provincial champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Innisfail Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe wins two-game, total-goal series 7-4

Game One: Lacombe 4, Innisfail 1
Game Two: Lacombe 3, Innisfail 3

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Calgary 7, St. Albert 4

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Fort Sask 5, Red Deer 4 (2OT)

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Coach of the Month - March

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s March Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel recipients are Chris Overwater of Olds and Dave Shaw of Sherwood Park.

Both coaches were selected from all of the Coach of the Month applications received by Hockey Alberta throughout the 2018-19 Minor Hockey season. Chris and Dave will receive a pair of tickets to see the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, respectively.


Chris Overwater served as both the Head Coach of the Bantam AA Grizzlys and the Atom B Grizzlys in Olds. He’s been coaching hockey in Olds for six years, and also coaches baseball during the summer months.

"As a coach, Chris is open and honest with parents and treats each child on his team with high, but fair, expectations," said the parent who nominated Chris. "While on the bench, Chris presents with a high level of professionalism and is respectful of the officials and rules of the game. As a parent, I’ve watched my child grow tremendously under his tutelage. My child’s understanding and enjoyment of game play has developed to such an extent that there is time spent at home by my child enthusiastically re-enacting practice drills on pen and paper. When an eleven-year-old child is able to recognize their own growth in a season and associate their development with a particular coach, then you know that coach has done an exceptional job."

"He is a great family man, and family is very important to him. This shows in his approach to coaching as he cares for each and every player, coach and parent on the team," said Olds Minor Hockey President Jeff Latimer. "Chris is a student of the game, and is always trying to learn how to do better, to be better, to help develop every player. His knowledge of the game is remarkable."

"I enjoy coaching because of the athletes. Watching players improve and enjoy the sport is the best part of being able to coach," said Chris. "My coaching philosophy is to make each player better everyday. The focus on individual skill gives players the confidence to become better athletes. Team skills make players develop hockey IQ so they think the game better."

Chris will receive an award pack from Hockey Alberta and Players Bench which includes the tickets to a Flames game.


Dave Shaw is the Head Coach of the Sherwood Park Atom Tier 1 Arrows. He’s been coaching for seven years, and also coaches Lacrosse.

"Dave has not only provided leadership on the bench, but off the bench as well," said the parent who nominated Dave. "Throughout the season, Dave has created many opportunities for the kids to give back to our community. Dave has taught these boys how to show respect for others and to help people when in need. Coach Dave is an amazing coach and my son says that this is the best year of hockey he has had."

Dave, along with his wife, Erin, received the 2019 ’Sportsmen of the Year’ award from the Sherwood Park Minor Hockey Association.

"When I took the role of President of SPMHA this season, I had three distinct areas of focus. Those areas included Coach development, player development and community presence," said SPMHA President Elton Davidge. "This year’s Sportsman of the Year recipients obviously came into the season with the same objectives. Without suggestion from the Executive, this couple took an immediate leadership role with the intent of developing not just hockey players, but leaders in our community. They consistently promoted integration into the community and it reflected strongly in the team. The kids are not only being coached to make great plays in hockey, but through the efforts of Dave and Erin, they are learning life lessons, such as selflessness and the importance of giving back to our community. They are also learning what it means to be a “teammate” in a locker room of friends."

"The thing I enjoy most about coaching is being directly involved with the growth and development of our young athletes both on and off the ice. I love being able to share my knowledge of the sport and give the kids the structure and support for them to all grow and be successful," said Dave. "My coaching philosophy is to focus on things we can control and change moving forward. While learning lessons from our past, we continue on our path, working towards both short term and long term goals. I strive to use sports as a great way to develop long term athletes and also to help our youth become outstanding citizens and role models in their communities."

Dave will receive an award pack from Hockey Alberta and Players Bench which includes the tickets to an Oilers game.


The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

2018-19 Recipients >

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Vote For Rich Valley - Kraft Hockeyville 2019

Rich Valley has made the Top 4 for Kraft Hockeyville 2019 and now they need your vote to bring the title back to Alberta!

Voting runs from March 29 (10:00 AM MDT) to March 30 (6:30 PM MDT) so cast your vote as many times as you can (voting is unlimited!)

VOTE HERE >

As Rich Valley puts it, the hockey arena is the life-blood of their community. In the fall of 2018, they had a catastrophic failure in their ice chiller that ended the season before it even started. There were no more weekly free-skate nights and no minor hockey associations in the area could practice or play. It meant either driving 30km or more to join other communities for the 2018-2019 season, or simply not playing at all.

Your votes mean they could win the grand prize – the opportunity to host an NHL® Pre-Season game in their community and $250,000 in arena upgrades, bringing hockey back to Rich Valley.

Learn more about Rich Valley and their hockey community at richvalleyag.ca

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Preview

RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, start to wind down this weekend, with nine of the remaining ten tournaments set to go for Week Three.

Provincial championships set for March 28/29-31 are: Peewee Tier 4 (Vauxhall), Peewee Tier 3 (Fox Creek), Peewee Tier 2 (Edmonton), Peewee Tier 1 (Slave Lake), Peewee AA (Medicine Hat), Midget Female Elite (Grande Prairie), Midget AA (Edmonton), Junior C (Calgary), and Senior AA (Wainwright).

Two more Provincial Champions were crowned earlier this week as well. The Calgary Buffaloes defeated the St. Albert Raiders in three games to capture the Midget AAA provincial championship, while the Bantam AAA title went to the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, who scored in double-overtime in Game Five against the Red Deer Rebels.

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and share it on Snapchat, as well as other social media platforms.

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Senior AA: Twitter | Facebook | Live Stream
Midget AA: Twitter
Midget Female Elite: Facebook
Peewee Tier 2: Twitter
Peewee Tier 3: Facebook

Week One Results > | Week Two Results > | Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine Provincial champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Innisfail Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Two-game, total-goal series

Game One: Saturday, March 30, TBA - Lacombe @ Innisfail
Game Two: Sunday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. - Innisfail @ Lacombe

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Calgary 7, St. Albert 4

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Fort Sask 5, Red Deer 4 (2OT)

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Results

RED DEER - Thirteen more provincial champions came away with title banners this weekend, as Week Two of the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday.

Teams skating away from this weekend’s tournaments with gold medals were: St. Albert Flyers (Minor Midget AAA), Trails West Wolves (Midget A), Glenlake Hawks (Midget B), Foremost Flyers (Midget C), Fort Macleod Mavericks (Midget D), St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA), Prairie Thunder (Midget Female B), Wheatland Warriors (Bantam AA) Calgary Fire Red (Bantam Female Elite), Lac La Biche Clippers (Bantam Female B), Medicine Hat Wildcats (Peewee Female A), Battle River Knights (Peewee Female B).

The Alberta Junior Female Hockey League championship playoff series wrapped up on Saturday, with the Edmonton Wolves claiming defeating the Cochrane Chaos 2-1 to claim the Junior Female Provincial Championship in three games.

In addition to the on-ice action, three host communities held a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Lethbridge, Olds and Strathmore.

Provincial championships set for March 28/29-31 are: Peewee Tier 4 (Vauxhall), Peewee Tier 3 (Fox Creek), Peewee Tier 2 (Edmonton), Peewee Tier 1 (Slave Lake), Peewee AA (Medicine Hat), Midget Female Elite (Grande Prairie), Midget AA (Edmonton), Junior C (Calgary), and Senior AA (Wainwright).


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Minor Midget AAA - St. Albert Flyers 6, Lethbridge Headwater Hurricanes 3
Midget A - Trails West Wolves 3, Barrhead 2
Midget B - Glenlake Hawks 5,
La Crete Lumberjacks 3
Midget C - Foremost Flyers 6,
Smoky Lake North Stars 4
Midget D - Fort Macleod Mavericks 7,
Horse Lake Thunders 1
Midget Female AAA - St. Albert Slash 5,
Calgary Fire 1
Midget Female B - Prairie Thunder 4,
Lacoka 2
Bantam AA - Wheatland Warriors 3,
Lakeland Panthers 1
Bantam Female Elite - Calgary Fire Red 6,
North Central Impact 2
Bantam Female B - Lac La Biche 9,
Strathmore Storm 5
Peewee Female A - Medicine Hat Wildcats 6,
Red Deer Chiefs 1
Peewee Female B - Battle River Knights 4,
Stettler Storm 1

Champion Photos > | Week One Results >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Innisfail wins best-of-seven series 4-2
Innisfail plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine league champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 2
Game Six: Innisfail 5, Stony Plain 4 (OT)

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton wins best-of-five series 3-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Edmonton 2, Cochrane 1


Midget AAA – St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Calgary leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Calgary 3, St. Albert 2
Game Two: Calgary 4, St. Albert 3
Game Three: Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary
Game Four (if necessary): Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. - Calgary @ St. Albert
Game Five (if necessary): Saturday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Best-of-five series tied 2-2

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Red Deer 5, Fort Sask 2
Game Four: Red Deer 3, Fort Sask 0
Game Five: Tuesday, March 26, 7:15 p.m. - Fort Sask @ Red Deer

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Two Preview

RED DEER – Twelve more champions will be crowned this weekend as Week Two of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, kicks off across the province.

Provincial championships set for March 21/22-24 are: Peewee Female B (Lethbridge), Peewee Female A (Olds), Bantam AA (Calgary Buffaloes), Bantam Female B (Okotoks), Bantam Female Elite (Red Deer), Midget Female B (Leduc), Midget Female AAA (St. Albert), Midget D (Fort MacLeod), Midget C (Whitecourt), Midget B (Calgary – Springbank), Midget A (Strathmore), and Minor Midget AAA (Edmonton).

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and share it on Snapchat, as well as other social media platforms.

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Minor Midget AAA: Twitter | Facebook
Midget A: Facebook
Midget C: Twitter | Facebook
Midget D: Facebook
Midget Female AAA: Twitter
Bantam AA: Twitter | Instagram
Peewee Female B: Facebook

Two more host communities are also celebrating True Spirit of Hockey Day this week, with Fort Macleod and Lethbridge hosting a number of fun activities at local schools, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport.


Previous Results

Week One Results >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2
Winner plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine league champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony Plain 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Friday, March 22, 8:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Innisfail
Game Six: Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. - Innisfail @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, March 24, 5:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Innisfail

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Junior Female – Edmonton Wolves vs Cochrane Chaos
Edmonton leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Edmonton 1, Cochrane 0
Game Two: Edmonton 2,
Cochrane 1
Game Three: Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. - Cochrane @ Edmonton
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 24, 4:45 p.m. - Cochrane @ Edmonton
Game Five (if necessary): Saturday, March 30, 6:00 p.m. - Edmonton @Cochrane


Midget AAA – St Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Best-of-five series begins on March 22

Game One: Friday, March 22, 8:15 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary
Game Two: Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. - Calgary @ St. Albert
Game Three: Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary
Game Four (if necessary): Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. - Calgary @ St. Albert
Game Five (if necessary): Saturday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Saturday, March 23, 5:15 p.m. - Red Deer @ Fort Sask
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 24, 12:15 p.m. - Red Deer @ Fort Sask
Game Five (If necessary): Tuesday, March 26, 7:15 p.m. - Fort Sask @ Red Deer

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Team Alberta U16, U18 Coach applications now open

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting coach applications for the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female teams that will be competing in the 2019 WHL Cup and National Women’s U18 Championship, respectively.

Team Alberta U16 Male is seeking two Assistant Coaches and one Video Coach, while Team Alberta U18 Female is seeking one Head Coach, two Assistant Coaches, one Video Coach, and one Goaltender Coach.

U16 Coach Application > | U18 Coach Application >

Key dates for the U16 Male program include the Alberta Cup (April 24-28, Red Deer), Team Alberta Summer Camp (July 1-7, Red Deer), and the WHL Cup (October, Calgary).

Key dates for the U18 Female program include Team Alberta Summer Camp (July 8-14, Red Deer), Fall Camp (September, date and location to be confirmed), and the U18 Nationals (November 3-9, Winkler/Morden, MB).

The deadline for all coaching applications is April 8 at 4pm.

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Hockey Alberta is seeking Coach Developer applications

Hockey Alberta is currently seeking the application of Coach Developers. Coach Developers play a large role in the delivery of the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) coach courses and additional coach development initiatives through Hockey Alberta.

During the 2018-2019 season, Hockey Alberta delivered over 150 NCCP courses and an additional 110 professional development courses focusing on topics such as Seasonal Planning, Game & Bench Management, Practice Planning, Creating Offense and others. Supporting and developing coaches will continue to be a focus for Hockey Alberta, and in efforts to expand our network and capacity we are looking to identify experienced and passionate leaders to join our team.

Coach Developer Responsibilities & Requirements

All accepted Coach Developers must be available to attend our training and leadership weekend taking place June 22 & 23 in Red Deer.

Interested coaches are invited to fill out the Coach Developer Application Form.

For more information, please contact Drew Dixon - Manager, Coach Development.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One Results

RED DEER - Thirteen new provincial champions were crowned on Sunday, highlighting a busy first weekend of the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

One Midget team, five Bantam teams, and seven Atom teams skated away from their respective tournaments with gold medals: Strathmore Storm (Midget Female A), NWZ Outlaws (Bantam A), Drumheller Raptors (Bantam B), Tofield Titans (Bantam C), Hanna Colts (Bantam D), GHC Bantam 1 Red (Bantam Female A), St. Albert Barons (Atom AA Major), Strathcona Warriors (Atom AA Minor), La Crete Lumberjacks (Atom A), Picture Butte Blades (Atom B), Taber Oil Kings (Atom C), Magrath Chiefs (Atom D), and Airdrie Lightning (Atom Female).

In addition to the on-ice action, seven host communities held a True Spirit of Hockey Day to celebrate a shared love for hockey and the community that supports the sport: Cold Lake, Duchess, Elk Point, Nanton, Okotoks, Red Deer and Vermilion.

Provincial championships set for March 21/22-24 include: Peewee Female B (Lethbridge), Peewee Female A (Olds), Bantam AA (Calgary Buffaloes), Bantam Female B (Okotoks), Bantam Female Elite (Red Deer), Midget Female B (Leduc), Midget Female AAA (St. Albert), Midget D (Fort MacLeod), Midget C (Whitecourt), Midget B (Calgary – Springbank), Midget A (Strathmore), and Minor Midget AAA (Edmonton).

Five more host communities will host a True Spirit of Hockey Day this week: Fort Macleod, Lethbridge and Vauxhall.


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Midget Female A - Strathmore Storm 4, Irma Aces 3 (OT)
Bantam A - NWZ Outlaws 4, Cochrane Rockies 1
Bantam B - Drumheller Raptors 6, St. Paul Canadiens 2
Bantam C - Tofield Titans 6, Beaverlodge Blades 0
Bantam D - Hanna Colts 4, Kneehill Chiefs 3
Bantam Female A - GHC Red 3, Okotoks Oilers 0
Atom AA Major - St. Albert Barons 10, Red Deer Chiefs 9
Atom AA Minor - Strathcona Warriors 5, Rocky Chiefs 3
Atom A - La Crete Lumberjacks 9, Edson Sabres 2
Atom B - Picture Butte Blades 6, Kitscoty Pitbulls 4
Atom C - Taber Oil Kings 6, Duchess Storm 4
Atom D - Magrath Chiefs 9, Viking Gas Kings 3
Atom Female - Airdrie Lightning 4, Medicine Hat Wildcats 0

Champion Photos >


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Best-of-seven series tied 2-2
Winner plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine league champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 2
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Innisfail 6, Stony Plain 0
Game Four
: Stony Plain 5, Innisfail 4 (OT)
Game Five: Friday, March 22, 8:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Innisfail
Game Six: Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. - Innisfail @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, March 24, 5:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Innisfail

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Midget AAA – St Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders vs Calgary Buffaloes
Best-of-five series begins on March 22

Game One: Friday, March 22, 8:15 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary
Game Two: Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. - Calgary @ St. Albert
Game Three: Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary
Game Four (if necessary): Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. - Calgary @ St. Albert
Game Five (if necessary): Saturday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. - St. Albert @ Calgary

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Fort Saskatchewan leads best-of-five series 2-0

Game One: Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Two:
Fort Sask 4, Red Deer 2
Game Three: Saturday, March 23, 5:15 p.m. - Red Deer @ Fort Sask
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 24, 12:15 p.m. - Red Deer @ Fort Sask
Game Five (If necessary): Tuesday, March 26, 7:15 p.m. - Fort Sask @ Red Deer

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2019 Digital Mascot Contest

Hockey Alberta is adopting a Digital Mascot, and we want students across the province to help us with the design!

The contest is open to elementary school students in Alberta from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The contest runs until April 5, 2019 with the winner announced in early June.

Each person participating in the contest is to:

  • draw a picture of his/her suggestion for a digital mascot for Hockey Alberta;
  • write a short paragraph telling how the digital mascot shows off the positive aspects of hockey and/or why the mascot is a good one for Hockey Alberta; and
  • provide a name for the mascot.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel selected by Hockey Alberta. Each entry will be reviewed on its look, the mascot’s name and the written paragraph.

Find out how to submit your entries >

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week One Preview

RED DEER – The 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, officially kick off today (Thursday) with 13 tournaments across the province.

Provincial championships set for March 14-17 include: Atom Female (Medicine Hat), Atom D (Elk Point), Atom C (Duchess), Atom B (Picture Butte), Atom A (Peace River), Atom AA Minor (Calgary – Trails West), Atom AA Major (Okotoks), Bantam Female A (Girls Hockey Calgary), Bantam D (Kneehill), Bantam C (Nanton), Bantam B (Vermilion), Bantam A (Cold Lake), and Midget Female A (Irma).

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Instagram (username: hockey.alberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and share it on Snapchat, as well as other social media platforms.

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Atom Female: Facebook
Atom D: Facebook
Atom B: Facebook
Atom AA Minor:
Facebook | Instagram
Atom AA Major:
Facebook | Instagram
Bantam Female A:
Twitter | Instagram
Bantam D: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Bantam C: Facebook
Bantam A: Facebook
Midget Female A: Facebook | Twitter

Five host communities are also celebrating True Spirit of Hockey Day this week, with Cold Lake, Duchess, Elk Point, Nanton, Okotoks, Red Deer and Vermilion all hosting a number of fun activities at local schools, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport.


2019 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Innisfail Eagles
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1
Winner plays Lacombe Generals in two-game, total-goal series to determine league champion

Game One: Stony Plain 5,
Game Two: Innisfail 4
, Stony Plain 3
Game Three:
Friday, March 15, 8:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Innisfail
Game Four
: Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. - Innisfail @ Stony Plain
Game Five: Friday, March 22, 8:30 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Innisfail
Game Six (if necessary): Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. - Innisfail @ Stony Plain
Game Seven (if necessary): Sunday, March 24, 5:00 p.m. - Stony Plain @ Innisfail

Allan Cup – April 8-13 – Lacombe, Alberta


Midget AAA – Teams, dates TBD

Telus Cup – April 22-28 – Thunder Bay, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers vs Red Deer Rebels
Best-of-five series begins on March 16

Game One: Saturday, March 16, 2:45 p.m. - Fort Sask @ Red Deer
Game Two:
Sunday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. - Fort Sask @ Red Deer
Game Three: Saturday, March 23, 5:15 p.m. - Red Deer @ Fort Sask
Game Four (if necessary): Sunday, March 24, 12:15 p.m. - Red Deer @ Fort Sask
Game Five (If necessary): Tuesday, March 26, 7:15 p.m. - Fort Sask @ Red Deer

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Six Albertans selected for 2019 U Sports Nationals

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the six Albertans selected to work the 2019 U Sports Men’s and Women’s National Championships.

Referees Chris Crich (Airdrie) and Colin Watt (Edmonton), along with Linesmen Michael Roberts (Calgary), Chad Huseby (Red Deer), and Deion Foster (Edmonton), will all officiate at the U Sports Men’s National Championship in Lethbridge.

On the female side, Referee Lacey Senuk (St. Albert) was chosen for the U Sports Female National Championships in Charlottetown, PE.

Both National Championships run March 14-17.

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Communities and teams across Alberta gearing up for Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships

RED DEER – Six months of regular season and tournament action, including up to six weeks of games in Zone playdowns, culminates starting this weekend, as teams prepare to “March to a title” at the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Tournament action will determine the majority of the 2019 provincial champions. Thirteen titles will be awarded this weekend. Next weekend will see another 12 champions crowned. Nine more champions will be determined on March 31, along with the Junior B champions on April 7. Tournament champions emerge from a weekend of round-robin pool play and playoff action in their respective tournaments.

Provincial championships set for March 14-17 are: Atom Female (Medicine Hat), Atom D (Elk Point), Atom C (Duchess), Atom B (Picture Butte), Atom A (Peace River), Atom AA Minor (Calgary – Trails West), Atom AA Major (Okotoks), Bantam Female A (Girls Hockey Calgary), Bantam D (Kneehill), Bantam C (Nanton), Bantam B (Vermilion), Bantam A (Cold Lake), and Midget Female A (Irma).

Provincial championships set for March 21/22-24 are: Peewee Female B (Lethbridge), Peewee Female A (Olds), Bantam AA (Calgary Buffaloes), Bantam Female B (Okotoks), Bantam Female Elite (Red Deer), Midget Female B (Leduc), Midget Female AAA (St. Albert), Midget D (Fort MacLeod), Midget C (Whitecourt), Midget B (Calgary – Springbank), Midget A (Strathmore), and Minor Midget AAA (Edmonton).

Provincial championships set for March 28/29-31 are: Peewee Tier 4 (Vauxhall), Peewee Tier 3 (Fox Creek), Peewee Tier 2 (Edmonton), Peewee Tier 1 (Slave Lake), Peewee AA (Medicine Hat), Midget Female Elite (Grande Prairie), Midget AA (Edmonton), Junior C (Calgary), and Senior AA (Wainwright).

As well, five champions will be determined via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Junior Female, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

For schedules, arenas, host organizations and contacts, and other event-specific information, check the Hockey Alberta website at hockeyalberta.ca or the Provincial Championships website at haprovincials.ca.

In addition to the on-ice action, several communities will participate in True Spirit of Hockey Day activities in their location communities. In conjunction with the Provincial Championship tournament hosts in these communities, a local school is hosting a number of fun activities, allowing students to learn about hockey, and the teamwork and friendships that can be generated in the sport. Participating communities are: Cold Lake, Duchess, Elk Point, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, Nanton, Okotoks, Olds, Red Deer, Vauxhall and Vermilion.

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Coach of the Month - February

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s February Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Jason Rietveld of the Edmonton Adaptive Sports Association (EASA).

Jason is currently the Head Coach of the EASA Storm B Sledge Hockey team, as well as the Strathcona Novice Major Warriors. This is his second year as the Head Coach of the Storm, but he has been with the EASA for five years, the first three as an Assistant Coach.

"Jason has been an integral part of the sledge hockey community as well as the minor hockey community in Josephburgh and Strathcona County," said the parent who nominated Jason for the award. "He is extremely busy; a dairy farmer along with three kids, and he coaches both sledge hockey and minor hockey. He has dedicated hours of his time to volunteer with kids and adults with disabilities to allow them to participate in adaptive sport. He is very reliable, dedicated and committed to both the sledge hockey program and the minor hockey association."

"I find great satisfaction when the players grasp what you have taught them, and you can see the improvement in their game and level of play," said Jason. "I believe in hard work and 100% effort from the whole team, regardless of skill level. I teach that it takes all six players on the ice to win a hockey game."


The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

The 2018-19 deadline for Coach of the Month nominations is Friday, March 15. All coaches who are nominated will be eligible to win one of two year-end prize packages, which include tickets to a Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers game.

Nomination Form >

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Registration now open for Hockey Alberta’s 2019 Peewee Skills Camp

Alberta males born in 2006 have the unique opportunity to participate in the fourth annual Hockey Alberta Peewee Skills Camp.

The camp takes place in Calgary at the Cardel Rec South Arena on June 21-23. This Skills Camp will focus on skill development, checking skills, proper training techniques, and will provide athletes with information about the Team Alberta process.

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The camp will consist of three sessions:

  • Checking Development
  • Position Specific training
  • Goal Scoring and Hockey Sense

The camp also includes a Team Alberta/Alberta Built presentation, a Long-Term Player Development Session, and will wrap up with a full three-period game.

NOTE: Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

This camp is open to 126 athletes (72 forwards, 36 defence, 18 goalies). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta

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AFHL February Wrap Up

RED DEER - As the regular season draws to a close, the St. Albert Slash (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Calgary Fire Red (Bantam Elite) all head into the playoffs as the top seed in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

As the playoffs are set to begin, the final Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) St. Albert Slash (79 pts)
2) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (65 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (56 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (30 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (20 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (20 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan had a terrific year as she lead the league in goals (24), assists (26), and points (50).

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank were red-hot this season. Borrett paced the league with a 0.86 GAA, and 13 wins, while adding six shutouts. Sank is right behind with a 0.86 GAA, 12 wins and leads the league with eight shutouts.

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Congratulations to seven AFHL players, as they won a gold medal in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer playing with Team Alberta U18 Female: Goaltender Bella McKee (Lloydminster), blueliner Sierra LaPlante (Calgary), and forwards Hayleigh Craig (Lloydminster), Isabelle Lajoie (St. Albert), Payton Laumbach (Lloydminster), Jaden Bogden (St. Albert), and Brooklyn Schroeder (St. Albert).


Midget Elite

After the completion of the regular season, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) St. Albert Sharks (50 pts)
2) Sherwood Park Fury (44 pts)
3) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (40 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (35 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (26 pts)
6) North Central Impact (23 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (61 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (61 pts)
3) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (50 pts)
4) Airdrie Lightning (44 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (16 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (16 pts)

Calgary Fire Red forward Kelly Stanford took over the lead in total points with 36, while Sherwood Park’s Madison Porter ended the season as the top goal scorer with 24. Her teammate, Reagan Korber, lead the way with 16 assists.

Calgary Fire Red’s Cassidy Brown’s 0.90 GAA and five shutouts were both the top mark in Midget Elite, while her teammate Rebecca Boswell, Airdrie’s Jocelyn Pearce, and Calgary Fire White’s Cienna Kinghorn lead the league with 11 wins.

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Bantam Elite

The Bantam Elite standings for the regular season have been finalized:

North Division:
1) North Central Impact (56 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers(54 pts)
3) Sherwood Park Royals (54 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (46 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (19 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (11 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire Red (58 pts)
2) Calgary Fire White (52 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (39 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (39 pts)
5) Olds Grizzlys (35 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (5 pts)

Edmonton’s Sage Taylor lead the Bantam Elite regular season with 38 points, while Sherwood Park’s Emerson Jarvis took the goal scoring title with 24. North Central’s Jorja Nystrom lead the way with 17 assists.

Jorja Fisher sat atop the league with a 1.24 GAA, while North Central’s Rory Gidosh took top spot with 12 wins. Edmonton’s tandem of Katherine Holan and Teegan Fedoruk were the league leaders with five shutouts each.

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After the first weekend of the playoffs, there are eight teams remaining. Sherwood Park defeated Peace Country Bonnet’s Storm in two games, while Edmonton did the same versus the St. Albert Raiders in the North division. Sherwood Park will move on to play Lloydminster and Edmonton will face the North Central Impact. In the South it was the Rocky Mountain Raiders defeating Lethbridge, and Red Deer getting past Olds. Red Deer will now face Calgary Fire Red, while the Raiders take on Calgary Fire White. All second round playoff games will take place this weekend (March 8,9,10).

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Team Alberta captures gold at Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Team Alberta U18 Female denied the odds and rode a wave of confidence to win gold on home soil in Women’s Hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games Saturday afternoon.

Alberta drew undefeated Quebec in the final, and defeated them 2-1 in front of a capacity crowd at the Downtown Arena.

Kassy Betinol had the crowd on its feet just over 10 minutes into the game on the powerplay, her third goal of the tournament.

Jaden Bogden made it 2-0 five minutes into the second, but Quebec responded just two minutes later to draw within one.

Alberta goaltender Bella McKee shut the door from there, and made 31 saves to lead her team to gold.

The gold medal was Alberta’s 100th medal of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and second in hockey, with the Men’s team winning bronze in week one.

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Team Alberta to play for Canada Winter Games gold

RED DEER - Team Alberta is headed to the gold medal game at the Canada Winter Games after a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over BC in the semi-finals on Friday afternoon.

Scoreless through two periods, BC led the shots on goal 18-11.

Alberta’s Kassy Betinol would put Alberta on the board just 1:28 into the third period, putting a shot in the top corner on a partial break. BC would come back and get a goal of their own just under three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. With just over eight minutes remaining, BC was given a penalty shot opportunity, which ultimately resulted in no goal. No other goals were scored, and the game required overtime.

After both teams traded chances in OT, Team Alberta’s Sarah Wozniewicz scored the winner off of a pass by Danielle Serdachny just over halfway through the extra frame.

Caroline Gosling put together a strong performance in goal for Alberta, stopping 26 of 27 shots she faced for the win.

Alberta draws up against Quebec in the finals Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Downtown Arena. The game will be shown live on TSN5.

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Alberta shuts out Manitoba, earns semi-final berth

RED DEER - Team Alberta will play for a medal at the Canada Winter Games after a 3-0 victory over Manitoba in quarter-final action on Thursday afternoon.

After a scoreless first period, Teghan Inglis put Alberta on the board just over five minutes into the second with a powerplay goal, and Sarah Wozniewicz made it 2-0 late in the frame.

Team Alberta held off Manitoba throughout the third, and Wozniewicz scored her second of the game into an empty net to seal the 3-0 win.

Bella McKee put forth another strong performance in net for Alberta, stopping all 29 shots she faced for the shutout win. Manitoba netminder Raygan Kirk also made 29 saves while taking the loss.

Alberta draws up against British Columbia in the semi-finals Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Downtown Arena. The live stream of the game can be found here.

BC is undefeated in the tournament so far, and is coming off a 7-1 quarter-final win over New Brunswick.

The winner of the game will play for gold on Saturday at 12:30pm at the Downtown Arena, while the loser will play for Bronze at 9:00am.

GAME STATS > | GAME ONE RECAP > | GAME TWO RECAP > | GAME THREE RECAP >

TEAM ALBERTA ROSTER > | TEAM ALBERTA CWG GUIDE > | FULL SCHEDULE/STATS >

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Team Alberta falls 2-1 to Ontario, finishes third in Pool B

RED DEER - Team Alberta U18 Female completed their round-robin play at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with a 2-1 loss against Ontario on Tuesday night.

In a scoreless first period, Ontario led in shots on goal 10-6.

The first goal would not be notched until nearly midway through the second frame, when Ontario put home a rebound to make it 1-0. They would take that lead into the third period.

Team Ontario would take a 2-0 lead with 12:41 to go in the third period. Alberta made a push near the end when Teghan Inglis scored on the power play with 1:27 remaining to make it 2-1. That goal was as close as Alberta would get, as Ontario held on for the 2-1 victory.

In her second start of the tournament, Bella McKee held down the fort for Alberta, stopping 36 of the 38 shots she faced. Ontario netminder Kayle Osborne made 20 saves for the win.

Team Alberta finished third in Pool B and will now play Manitoba in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 4pm at the Downtown Arena.

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Team Alberta tops Nova Scotia 4-3 with a shootout victory

RED DEER - Team Alberta U18 Female continued their round-robin play at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with a 4-3 Shootout win against Team Nova Scotia on Monday evening.

Alberta had most of the pressure in the first period, but it was Nova Scotia who would get on the board first just 3:29 in. Aliya Jomha would respond for Alberta midway through the frame with a tip-in front of the net.

Nova Scotia would score the only goal in the second frame in what was an even period with shots finishing 9-9.

Team Alberta would tie the game at 2-2 four minutes into the third on a goal by Sarah Wozniewicz, but Nova Scotia would take the lead once again with eight minutes to go. Just 1:03 later, Danielle Serdachny would put one home on the power play to once again tie the game. The game remained tied through regulation, and the two teams headed to overtime.

A late penalty in the third period set Nova Scotia up with a 4 on 3 power play to start overtime. Alberta would kill that penalty off, and ultimately neither team would end the game in OT.

The shootout featured six shooters for each side, with Kassy Betinol scoring once and Stephanie Markowski scoring twice, including the winner for Team Alberta.

Caroline Gosling got the start for Alberta and stopped 20 of 23 shots, including six saves in overtime.

Team Alberta finishes round robin play on Tuesday night against Ontario at 730pm at the Centrium. Ontario is coming off a is coming off a 5-1 loss to BC on Sunday afternoon, and is currently ahead of Alberta by one point in Pool B.

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Team Alberta falls 6-1 to BC

RED DEER - Team Alberta U18 Female opened up round-robin play at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with a 6-1 loss to Team BC on Sunday night.

Alberta put the pressure on BC in the first period, out-shooting them 8-2, but BC scored a late-period goal to take a 1-0 lead into the second frame.

Kassy Betinol tied the game just two minutes into the second, but BC took the lead again just 30 seconds later, and would add four more goals for the 6-1 win.

Bella McKee got the start for Team Alberta, allowing six goals on 15 shots. Caroline Gosling came into the game halfway through the third period, stopping all three shots she faced.

Team Alberta is gets back at it again Monday night against Nova Scotia at 730pm at the Centrium. The game will be shown on TSN3. Nova Scotia is coming off a 5-1 loss to Ontario on Sunday afternoon.

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From left: Kassy Betinol, Isabelle Lajoie, Danielle Serdachny, Teghan Inglis. (Photo credit: LA Media


Team Alberta U18 announces leadership group for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the leadership group for Team Alberta’s U18 Female team for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Danielle Serdachny (Edmonton) will captain Team Alberta, with Kassy Betinol (Okotoks), Teghan Inglis (Okotoks) and Isabelle Lajoie (St. Albert) serving as Assistant Captains.

Team Alberta kicks off play round-robin play against Team BC on Sunday at 7:30pm, with games against Nova Scotia and Ontario set for Monday and Tuesday at 7:30pm, respectively. All games are at the Centrium at Westerner Park.

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Team Alberta wins bronze at Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Team Alberta rebounded from an 8-4 semi-final loss with a 12-0 win over Saskatchewan Friday night to claim the bronze medal in Men’s Hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

In the second matchup of the tournament between the two teams, Alberta avenged a 4-3 overtime loss to Saskatchewan on Saturday.

Matt Savoie opened the scoring for Alberta late in the first period, and added two more to open the second period for a natural hat-trick. Savoie also had two assists for a five-point game, and finished the Canada Winter games with 13 points.

Alberta saw six more tallies in the second as part of an eight-goal period, and three more in the third. Craig Armstrong (2), Dylan Guenther (2), Tyson Laventure, Zack Stringer, Olen Zellweger, Owen MacNeil and Marc Lajoie all scored goals for Alberta in the win. Guenther added three assists to also finish the tournament with 13 points, tied for the team lead with Savoie.

Alberta goaltender Drew Sim stopped all 37 shots he faced to earn the shutout win.

The Canada Winter Games take a one-day break on Saturday before re-starting for Week Two on Sunday, when Team Alberta U18 Female kicks off their quest for gold at 7:30pm at the Centrium.

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Alberta falls 8-4 to Ontario, will play for bronze Friday

RED DEER - Despite a strong third period comeback attempt, Team Alberta dropped an 8-4 decision to Ontario Thursday night in the Canada Winter Games semi-final.

Ontario opened the scoring just 1:21 into the game, and would score another with 1:40 remaining in the first to take a 2-0 lead into the second period, where they would score four more to take a 6-0 lead after two.

Alberta came out hard in the third period, with four goals in a span of eight minutes from Zack Ostapchuk, Colton Dach, Matt Savoie and Tyson Laventure to make it a 6-4 game. But, Ontario halted Alberta’s charge with a powerplay goal and a shorthanded goal to make it 8-4, punching their ticket to the gold medal game against Quebec, who beat Saskatchewan 7-3 in the other semifinal matchup earlier in the day.

Drew Sim got the nod for Team Alberta, and made 18 saves on 26 shots to take the loss. Alberta heavily outshot Ontario, but Benjamin Gaudreau held down the fort for his team, stopping 40 of 44 to earn the win.

Alberta still has a shot at the podium as they draw up against Saskatchewan in the bronze medal game at 4pm on Friday at the Centrium. The live stream of the game can be found here.

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Alberta advances to semi-finals with 8-3 win over New Brunswick

RED DEER - Team Alberta punched its ticket to the semi-finals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with an 8-3 win over New Brunswick on Wednesday night.

Alberta wasted no time in getting on the board, with Tyson Laventure opening the scoring just over three minutes into the game, but New Brunswick countered just over a minute later. Dylan Guenther regained Alberta’s lead just two minutes after that, only to have New Brunswick tie it up again 16 seconds later.

Team Alberta took the lead for good following goals from Matt Savoie and Zack Ostapchuk. New Brunswick added another goal late in the first period, but Alberta shut the door from there, and would add to their lead with second period goals from Laventure, Brett Hyland, Craig Armstrong and Savoie.

Lochlan Gordon got the start for Alberta, but gave way to Drew Sim after allowing three goals on eight shots in the first period. Sim shut the door in the second and third period, stopping all 11 shots he faced, though Gordon still earned credit for the win. New Brunswick netminder Nicholas Sheehan allowed eight goals on 35 shots through the first two periods, while Pierre-Vincent Guignard stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief in the third.

Alberta draws up against Team Ontario in the semi-finals on Thursday night, with a spot in the gold medal game on the line. Game time is 7:30pm at the Centrium in Red Deer. The live stream of the game can be found here.

The other semi-final matchup sees Quebec and Saskatchewan go head-to-head. That game goes at 4:00pm at the Centrium, the live stream can be found here.

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Alberta defeats BC 5-4, clinches first in Pool B

RED DEER - After trailing Team BC most of the game, Team Alberta’s late third period charge propelled them to a 5-4 win on Monday night, securing first place in Pool B in Men’s Hockey at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Down 4-2 with less than 10 minutes to play in the third period, Alberta mounted a comeback and tied the game in the dying minutes on goals from Marc Lajoie and Zach Ostapchuk. Then, with overtime looming, Captain Sean Tschigerl stunned BC, scoring the game-winner with just 27 seconds left to play, burying a rebound off an excellent individual effort by Matt Savoie.

Team BC stormed out to a 3-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first period and one in the second, before Craig Armstrong got Alberta on the board halfway through the second frame, with Colton Dach bringing his team within one heading into the third.

But, BC regained a two goal lead just 46 seconds into the final period, setting up Alberta’s comeback.

Goaltender Drew Sim earned his first win of the tournament, stopping 27 shots for Alberta, while BC Goalie Thomas Milic made 36 saves.

With the first place finish in Pool B, Alberta will play in the Quarterfinals on Wednesday night at the Centrium at 7:30 against the winner of Tuesday night’s game between Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

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Alberta hangs on for 6-5 win over Manitoba

RED DEER - Despite a furious comeback attempt by Manitoba, Team Alberta earned its first win at the Canada Winter Games on Sunday afternoon.

Alberta got off to a fast and furious start, scoring five straight goals in the first period, before Manitoba answered back late in the frame.

Team Alberta scored another early in the second to take a 6-1 lead, but ran into some penalty trouble, which allowed Manitoba back into the game, and drew within one with just three minutes left to play.

Alberta saw goals from six different players: Corson Ceulemans, Colton Dach, Tyson Laventure, Brett Hyland, Kai Uchacz and Craig Armstrong.

In his first start of the tournament, Lochlan Gordon made 22 saves to earn the win, while Manitoba netminder Jayden Catellier stopped 27 shots in a losing cause.

Team Alberta wraps up round-robin play Monday against BC, and can clinch first place in Pool B with a win. Game time is 7:30pm at the Enmax Centrium. The live broadcast of the came can be found here.

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Alberta edged by Saskatchewan in overtime

RED DEER - Team Alberta U16 Male opened up round-robin play at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with a 4-3 overtime loss to Saskatchewan Saturday night.

Alberta never trailed at any point, and held a lead for much of the game, but Saskatchewan wouldn’t go away.

Kai Uchacz opened the scoring for Alberta early in the first, but Saskatchewan countered just two minutes later on the powerplay. Dylan Guenther’s powerplay marker gave Alberta the lead heading into the second period, where Saskatchewan tied the game again.

Zack Stringer’s late second period goal gave Alberta the lead once more, but Saskatchewan tied the game yet again halfway through the third, before Nolan Allan sealed the victory for his team.

Goaltender Drew Sim made 18 saves for Alberta, while his counterpart Brent Mirwald stood tall to earn the win for Saskatchewan, stopping 40 of the 43 shots he faces.

Team Alberta is right back at it again Sunday afternoon against Manitoba at 4:00pm at the Centrium. The game will be shown on TSN at 5:00pm.

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Alberta girls go global in Calgary

RED DEER - Sixteen outstanding young Albertans will hit the ice in Calgary on Saturday for the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Global Girls Hockey Game.

In addition to the game itself, athletes will participate in skills clinics, visit the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and take in presentations from guest speakers.

The Global Girls Game goes at 3pm at the Flames Community Rink.

The sixteen Bantam-aged Albertans participating in the Global Game are:

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
Sophy Aldred Forward Calgary Girls Hockey Calgary
Eilis Clipperton Forward Calgary Girls Hockey Calgary
Isabella Fauth Forward Cochrane Cochrane
Madison Gingrich Forward Calgary Girls Hockey Calgary
Cassie Guigon Defence Calgary Girls Hockey Calgary
Ava Haddad Goaltender Rocky View County Girls Hockey Calgary
Codi James Defence Castor 3Cs
Kennedy Keer Forward Strathmore Strathmore
Eva Kingston Goaltender Lake Newell Resort Brooks
Deanna Kwong Forward Calgary Girls Hockey Calgary
Kathleen Malcolm Forward Edmonton Edmonton Girls Hockey Association
Roxy Mason Forward Edmonton Edmonton Girls Hockey Association
Jorianna McAlister Forward Okotoks Okotoks
Ruby Polansky Defence Sturgeon County St. Albert
Shayelle Robertson Forward Sibbald 3Cs
Mystery Shaw Defence Spruce Grove St. Albert

About the Global Game

The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on Saturday and will be played in 28 different countries before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment of the game. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal this game is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

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From left: Marc Lajoie, Dylan Guenther, Sean Tschigerl, and Kai Uchacz. (Photo credit: Rob Wallator)


Team Alberta U16 announces leadership group for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the leadership group for Team Alberta’s U16 Male team for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Sean Tschigerl (Edmonton) will captain Team Alberta, with defenceman Marc Lajoie (St. Albert) and forwards Dylan Guenther (Edmonton) and Kai Uchacz (De Winton) serving as Assistant Captains.

"I’m honoured to be named Captain of Team Alberta, it’s super exciting, and a big opportunity, playing on home soil," said Tschigerl.

Team Alberta kicks off play round-robin play against Team Saskatchewan on Saturday at 7:30pm, with games against Manitoba and BC set for Sunday at 4:00pm and 7:30pm, respectively. All games are at the Centrium at Westerner Park.

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Registration now open for the 2019 Hockey Alberta/WHL Skills Camp

RED DEER – A unique skill development opportunity is available to 2005-born male hockey players in Alberta, as Hockey Alberta and the Western Hockey League are co-hosting the fifth annual WHL Skills Camp.

The camp, for U15 players, is set to run June 7-9, 2019 in Calgary at East Calgary Twin Arenas. The cost of the camp is $300.

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The WHL Skills Camp provides athletes with the opportunity to learn from an impressive array of instructors, including instructors from the WHL. Participants will be divided into eight teams for the weekend, and participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Friday: On and Off-Ice Combine testing
  • Saturday: Team Alberta/WHL presentation, Yoga, and two skill sessions.
  • Sunday: one skill session, a dry land session and the event will wrap up with a game officiated by the WHL Officials Development Camp.
  • Goaltenders will also participate in an on and off-ice goaltender session.

NOTE: Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

The camp will focus on skill development and proper training techniques, and provides athletes with information about the Team Alberta process, information on the WHL, while challenging players to excel on and off the ice. The maximum capacity for the camp is 168 athletes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta


About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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Distinguished Leaders Recognized for Coaching Prowess

RED DEER - Two outstanding post-secondary students have received Distinguished Leader status from the 2018 Future Leaders Development Program.

Brett Ponich and Jake Wozney will each receive a $3,000 scholarship for their work during the Development weekend and Team Alberta Male U16 Summer Camp in Camrose.

The Future Leaders Development Program is designed to develop and train post-secondary students in the area of coaching. Areas of focus include proper instruction, administration, leadership, technical and tactical skills in hockey, so that the future leaders can carry those skills into our communities. Scholarship opportunities are made possible by the Hockey Alberta Foundation. Since the Future Leaders Scholarship program was established in 1998, the Hockey Alberta Foundation has invested annually in the development of great leaders for the future of the game and our communities in Alberta.

Ponich started his playing career in the Beaumont Minor Hockey Association. He moved on to play Bantam and Midget AAA in Leduc before spending time with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks, NHL’s St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets organizations. Currently, Ponich is a student-athlete for the University of Alberta - Augustana Vikings where he is working on a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree, with hopes of entering medical school after his graduation.

"The Future Leaders Program allowed me to receive structured coaching instruction that complemented my experience of playing the game," said Ponich. "I was able to not only learn more about the game of hockey, but also how to communicate and work with people better."

Wozney grew up in Richmond, BC and began playing with the Seafair Minor Hockey Association. He has been well-travelled, spending time with the Greater Vancouver Canadians, Junior B Richmond Sockeyes, BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers, AJHL’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons, and SJHL’s Weyburn Red Wings. He is currently playing with the Red Deer College Kings, where he is in his second year of the Kinesiology and Sports Science Program.

"It means a lot to me that experienced coaches with Hockey Alberta can see potential in my coaching ability, even with the limited experience that I have," said Wozney. "It gives me motivation to pursue a career in coaching, as well as to continue to grow and add more tools."

Registration is now being accepted for the 2019 Future Leaders Development Weekend, taking place in Red Deer, May 3-5.

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Coach of the Month - January

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s January Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Ron Laferriere of Wainwright.

Ron has coached at various levels in Wainwright for eight years, including as the head coach of the PeeWee AA Polar Kings this season. He also runs a weekly goaltending clinic, where young goalies can receive position specific instruction outside of practice. Ron has been volunteering his time towards this clinic for roughly ten years.

"My coaching philosophy includes developing the skills of all the players first, and let winning take care of itself," said Ron. "The best part about coaching is being able to teach life lessons through the game of hockey."

In the nomination for the Coach of the Month award, Ron was identified as a hardworking, dedicated coach, and a role model and mentor not just for the players, but also for the team’s young assistant coaches

"He treats all the players, parents, and opposition with respect and dignity. Ron encourages the players to have success not only on the ice, but also in the classroom and in society… Coach Ron is always giving everything for the players. It is time he is given something in return."


The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

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Seven Alberta Officials selected for Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the seven officials selected to represent the province on the Road to Red Deer at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Referees Mason Stewart (Calgary) and Austin Weisgerber (Medicine Hat), and linesman Derek Bandstra (Calgary) will be part of the officiating crew during the male hockey competition in the first week of the Canada Games.

For the female hockey competition in week two, referees Cassandra Gregory (Edmonton) and Jessica Trombley (Sherwood Park), and linesmen Megan French (Coaldale) and Kelsey Hagan (Calgary) will all take to the ice to officiate.

Earning the opportunity to work at a national event such as the Canada Winter Games is a significant accomplishment in an official’s career, and recognizes dedication, perseverance and commitment towards officiating.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 14 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Vote for the Springbank Rockies in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup!

Congratulations to Hockey Calgary’s Springbank Rockies, who are one of 10 semi-finalists selected by Chevrolet in the Good Deeds Cup!

Now, it’s up to YouTube viewers across Alberta to help the Rockies reach the final three and have a chance at $100,000 for their designated charity.

From now until February 9, all 10 semi-finalist videos are available for viewing at Chevrolet Canada’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ChevroletCanada. The three teams that receive the most views will each be eligible to win a Finalist Prize, which includes $2,000 to the team’s designated charity.

The three finalist entries then will be reviewed by a judging panel from Chevrolet and Hockey Canada, with a Good Deeds Cup champion selected and announced on February 17. The Good Deeds Cup champion receives a $100,000 cheque for its designated charity, along with prizes for individual team members.

More than 300 entries were received from Peewee teams across the country for the Good Deeds Cup.

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Hockey Alberta Awards nominations now open

RED DEER – Who has made an impact on you or the sport this season?

Nominate that individual or team for one of six Hockey Alberta Awards, presented for outstanding achievements or contributions to amateur hockey in Alberta.

Awards Nomination Form >

Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program. All members of the hockey community in Alberta are encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or team.

There are six awards open for nominations including: Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Official of the Year, and Team of the Year. Nominations are also being accepted for the Order of Merit, which recognizes exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Order of Merit may be presented for Administration, Coaching/ Development, or Officiating.

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Be Alberta Built!

RED DEER - Registration is now open for an array of Hockey Alberta camps across the province for a variety of ages and skill levels.

Throughout 2019, Hockey Alberta offers Alberta Built camps in the following skill development areas: Small Area Games, Power Edge Pro (PEP), Super Skills, Dynamic Shooting, Developing Defencemen and Goalie Skills.

Register Now >

Each camp features Hockey Canada-trained instructors, including Hockey Alberta staff, and WHL/Team Alberta graduates.

All Alberta Built camps focus on skills and tactics identified by hockey experts trained by Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta, in correspondence with the Long Term Player Development Model.


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development, at jhale@hockeyalberta.ca

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Team Alberta U18 Female, U16 Male set for team staging in Red Deer

RED DEER - Less than a month ahead of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female squads will converge in Red Deer once again this weekend for Team Alberta Staging.

As part of the weekend, both teams will play an exhibition game on Saturday, January 19 at the Collicutt Centre.

The U18 Female team will hit the ice first at 4:30pm against the Calgary Bantam AAA Royals, with the U16 Male squad to follow at 7:00pm against the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs.

Both games are open to the public, and are free to attend.

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FOURTH INSTALLMENT: Officiating Video Partnership with WHL

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to present the fourth installment of the Western Hockey League’s officiating partnership video series.

The partnership will see the production of a series of videos that will be shared with all officials in Alberta and the other Western Branches.

This is an exciting opportunity for all officials to learn from some of the best officials in the country. The link to the third video is included below, and you will receive an email from Hockey Alberta each time that a new video is available for viewing. The videos will be uploaded to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel, so you can always access them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

View the fourth installment of the video series:

Missed the first three videos? View them here:

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Medicine Hat to co-host 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

CALGARY – The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will return to Alberta in 2019.

For the first time in the 33-year history of the event, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international showcase of the best young hockey talent in the world – will be co-hosted in a pair of Prairie provinces. Medicine Hat and Swift Current will welcome the event from Nov. 2-9.

The 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League, as well as the cities of Medicine Hat and Swift Current, and the Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

“Alberta has hosted a number of successful Hockey Canada events in recent history, and Hockey Alberta looks forward to ensuring the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is even more successful,” said Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Alberta. “We are thrilled to welcome the top under-17 hockey players in the world to Alberta for the first time since 2005, and to work with the host committee in Medicine Hat on this prestigious event.”

“There was a great deal of effort from many individuals to bring this event to our community, so it’s a tremendous honour to co-host with our counterparts in Swift Current,” said Ted Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the players, their families, and hockey fans to our city, and showcasing our community and its amenities on an international scale.”

The 7,100-seat Canalta Centre will host teams and fans when the tournament returns to Alberta for the third time; Lethbridge hosted in 2005, and Red Deer in 1997.

The official tournament schedule and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

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Alberta Challenge registration now open | Alberta Challenge staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2004 and 2005-born female athletes to participate in one of two regional selection camps for the 2019 Alberta Challenge.

The Alberta Challenge runs May 1-5 in Leduc.

Register >

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

Both regional camps will take place April 5-7 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

South - Cochrane
North - Fort Saskatchewan

Alberta Challenge Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at tbaumgardt@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.


2019 Alberta Challenge staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Alberta Challenge. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, and two assistant coaches were selected for each of the six teams.

2019 Team Staff >


The Alberta Challenge is a core Hockey Alberta Female Development program, providing players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and referees an equal opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

The Alberta Challenge is held alternating years when the Alberta Winter Games are not held. The Alberta Challenge process begins in March, with players trying out at their respective regional camps. The province is divided into North and South regions, with three teams selected from each region. The six teams compete in the Alberta Challenge tournament in May.


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Welcome new-to-hockey families into your Minor Hockey Association!

Is your Minor Hockey Association looking to grow its membership?

The Canadian Tire First Shift is seeking hosts for its sixth season.

The initiative, which partners with Bauer Hockey and Hockey Canada, has seen over 620 programs delivered across the country with more than 23,000 kids trying hockey since 2014. The mission is to inspire new families to join our community and enrol their kids in our sport by making hockey accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

Canadian Tire First Shift is a six-week program that focuses on having fun and learning basic skills. Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration, which is only $199.

The application process for Minor Hockey Associations wishing to host the Canadian Tire First Shift in 2019-20 is now open by going to www.firstshift.ca/for-hosts/

Interested Minor Hockey Associations can find more information in the attached document or at www.firstshift.ca.

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Peewee Prospects Cup registration now open | Peewee Prospects Cup staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2006-born male athletes to participate in one of four Regional selection camps for the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup.

The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup runs May 8-12 in Lethbridge.

Register >

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

All regional camps will take place April 12-14 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary - East Calgary Twin Arenas
South - Olds Sportsplex
Captial - Edmonton Castle Downs Arena
North - Vegreville Rec Centre

Peewee Prospects Cup Regional Directory > | Peewee Prospects Cup Regional Map >

If you are unsure in which region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.


2019 Peewee Prospects Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, and two assistant coaches were selected for each of the eight teams.

2019 Team Staff >


The Peewee Prospects Cup is the beginning of the Hockey Alberta Development program and will be held in off years of the Alberta Winter Games.

The Peewee Prospects Cup provides second-year peewee athletes, coaches, trainers and administrators an opportunity to discover the qualities of competitive hockey in a well-organized regional camp and select team competition. Athletes eligible for the Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup are male athletes who were born in 2006, and must be registered with a Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta program.

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Coach of the Month - December

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s December Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Cam Church of Irvine.

With three children playing minor hockey in Irvine, Cam is the Assistant Coach of both the Initiation SR Bulldogs and Novice Major Bulldogs, as well as the Head Coach of the Atom B Bulldogs. This is his fifth season coaching minor hockey.
"Having the opportunity to teach a game I loved as a kid growing up is rewarding, as I get to watch the kids having fun while building character," said Cam. "I’ve learned more about the game of hockey in the last five years of coaching than I’ve learned in the last 35 years of playing."

"Cam is encouraging to every player whether they are new to hockey or not, he makes each child feel special and a valued member of the team," said the parent who nominated Cam for the Coach of the Month award. "He is equally fair to every one of them making sure they have fair playing time and equal opportunities to play every position. He is the first one at all practices and games, ensuring he is ready for the event. He is extremely knowledgeable about minor hockey and pushes the importance of practices and fun over games and winning."

"I had a number of good coaches throughout the years of playing, coaching is a avenue to give back what was given to me when I was a kid," added Cam. "I feel lucky to be part of a great association in Irvine, we have a great group of coaches, parents and an outstanding facility to play the game."


The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >

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The 2018 Global Game in Toronto (Photo submitted)


Suit up for the 2019 Global Game!

Hockey Alberta, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), is hosting the Global Game on the weekend of February 16-17 in Calgary. The Global Game is an IIHF initiative focused on uniting female hockey players across the globe through sport in this one, global continuous game.

The Global Game embodies the spirit of enjoyment, teamwork, and collaborating with those from diverse backgrounds. This unique game starts on February 16 and is played in 28 different countries across the globe before being handed off to Canada to play the final segment. A cumulative score is kept across all 28 countries between Team White and Team Blue with a winner being declared after the Canadian portion of the game. The goal is to unite all females currently playing hockey as one global family.

Two teams made up of participants from the 10 Hockey Canada branches compete for Team White and Team Blue in the Canadian portion of the Global Game. The participants selected for the Canadian game will be placed on a team with other players from across Canada. As the host province, Alberta has been given the opportunity to select 16 players to participate: 10 forwards, four defense and two goaltenders.

Selected participants get the opportunity to spend the weekend in Calgary participating in off-ice sessions, visiting the Hockey Canada Hall of Champions, and listening to guest speakers. Along with these off-ice activities, participants will compete in the Global Game.

Weekend Activities:

  • Friday, February 15: Depending on hometown, participants may need to travel to Calgary

  • Saturday, February 16: Presentations and Speakers; Off-Ice Activities; and the GLOBAL GAME

  • Sunday, February 17: Off-Ice Session; Guest Speakers. Departure from Calgary

2019 Global Game Application >

Applicants must be Bantam age and registered to a Bantam A or B level female hockey team within Alberta for the 2018-2019 season. Accommodation will be covered for the participants selected. If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Global Game weekend festivities, please fill out the application below and submit it to Hockey Alberta by January 22.

NOTE: Depending on the hometown, participants may need to travel into Calgary on Friday, February 15. By submitting an application, participants agree to cover the costs associated with their own travel. Meals and accommodations will be taken care of upon check in with Global Game Staff.

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2019 Alberta Cup registration now open | Alberta Cup staff announced

RED DEER - Registration is now open for 2004-born male athletes to participate in one of three Regional selection camps for the 2019 Alberta Cup.

The Alberta Cup is being held in Red Deer, at the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, April 24-28. The 2019 event has a new structure, with six teams competing in a tournament format.

Register >

NOTES:

  1. Registration is limited at each position at each camp.
  2. Only Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta Registered Athletes are eligible to register.

The 2019 Alberta Cup has a new regional format of three ‘tryout’ / selection camps with each camp leading to the selection of two teams. The six teams of players will then move on to compete at the Alberta Cup tournament. This updated model establishes a better environment for providing ‘best-on-best’ competition for 14-year old players. More Information >

All regional camps will take place March 29-31 at the following locations (dates and locations subject to change):

Calgary Regional Camp - East Calgary Twin Arenas
Blackfalds Regional Camp -
Blackfalds Multiplex
Spruce Grove Regional Camp -
Spruce Grove Agrena

Alberta Cup Regional Directory >

If you are unsure in which Region you reside, or have any other questions, please contact Dustin Moore at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca prior to registration.


2019 Alberta Cup staff announced

Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the staff for each team competing in the 2019 Alberta Cup. A director of operations, coach mentor, head coach, two assistant coaches, and one trainer were selected for each of the six teams.

2019 Team Staff >


The Alberta Cup aids in the identification and selection of potential players for Hockey Alberta’s Team Alberta program, with hundreds of players annually trying out for 120 spots (20 positions on each of the six regional teams).

In addition to player development, the Alberta Cup also features opportunities for administrators, referees, coaches, therapists and equipment managers to be identified for potential positions at higher level events, such as the World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games.

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THIRD INSTALLMENT: Officiating Video Partnership with WHL

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to present the third installment of the Western Hockey League’s officiating partnership video series.

The partnership will see the production of a series of videos that will be shared with all officials in Alberta and the other Western Branches.

This is an exciting opportunity for all officials to learn from some of the best officials in the country. The link to the third video is included below, and you will receive an email from Hockey Alberta each time that a new video is available for viewing. The videos will be uploaded to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel, so you can always access them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

View the third installment of the video series:

Missed the first two videos? View them here:

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Hockey Alberta holiday hours

Hockey Alberta’s offices will observe the following hours this holiday season:

Monday, December 24: CLOSED
Tuesday, December 25: CLOSED
Wednesday, December 26: CLOSED
Thursday, December 27: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Friday, December 28: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Monday, December 31: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Tuesday, January 1: CLOSED

*Note - Staff will be on hand to answer phone inquiries on December 27, 28 and 31, and will be monitoring email messages submitted at info@hockeyalberta.ca. Please note that every effort will be made to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible; however, due to the holiday season, longer than normal delays in responding could be possible.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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Hockey gives back across Alberta

Alberta’s hockey community is always at its best during the holiday season, and we’ve asked Minor Hockey Associations and teams from across Alberta to share their stories of giving back to the community with us. If you would like to share your team’s story of giving back during the holidays, please email info@hockeyalberta.ca with details and photos.


Airdrie Midget Elite Lightning

The Airdrie Midget Elite Lightning of the Alberta Female Hockey League, along with the Airdrie Female Atom teams collected donations to purchase 1,015 turkeys to donate to the Airdrie Food Bank.


Brooks Prairie Thunder Atom Female

The Brooks Prairie Thunder Atom Female team volunteered their time at a long-term care nursing home, decorating crafts and ginerbread houses with the residents, helping get them into the holiday spirit.


Duchess Minor Hockey

"Duchess Minor Hockey hosted "Hockey Day in Duchess" where all of our league teams played in a single day."

"We had a lot of fun things going on, such as a "fill the net" food bank and toy drive, a teddy bear toss, Santa selling 50/50, Christmas themed raffle items, donated baking for sale and a pancake breakfast."

"All of the proceeds from the pancakes, baking and raffle table were being given to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program, and all the teams donated their half of the 50/50 money back for this charity as well."

"It was a fantastic weekend in the spirit of the holidays, and we ended up giving 309 lbs of food to the food bank, 4 bags of teddy bears and 4 boxes of toys to the Soctiabank Smiles for Christmas program and an amazing $1600 towards the Jumpstart Program! I also found out that our local Brooks Canadian Tire is going to top up that donation by adding another $500 towards the program!"


Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey

"Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey sponsored their 5th annual "Fill the Net" campaign for our local food bank in Fort Saskatchewan. Both the Major Midget AAA Rangers and the Novice 3B Rangers co-lead the event on December 9, 2018. All home teams playing that day were encouraged to participate."

"At the end of the day, the teams gathered almost 700 lbs of food to donate! Our local midget players took time out of their Monday (which was a day off from any practice or games) to deliver the donations to the Food Bank."


Lac La Biche Bantam Clippers

The Lac La Biche Bantam Clippers held their second annual Teddy Bear Toss against Bonnyville on December 15. All teddy bears were donated to the local women’s shelter, Hope Haven, and Victim Services.


Leduc Roughnecks AtoMc 2

"The Leduc Roughnecks AtoMc 2 team this year has committed to 10 Random Acts of Kindness within our community."

"So far this year they have donated toys to Leduc Santa’s Helper, made up Christmas cards that they left out for people at the Leduc Recreation Complex & participated in the Leduc Roughneck Bantam Female’s Teddy Bear toss where they tossed teddy bears supporting the team’s event & also was able to go onto the ice to help gather and bag the bears with the Bantam Team. It’s been a great experience for the kids so far!"


Leduc Roughnecks Bantam Female

"To show our gratitude for what we have, our Bantam Female team is giving back! They are hoping to make less fortunate kids smile this Christmas! Teddy Bear Toss happened on Friday Dec.7th."

"The Teddy Bears tossed were all donated to Santa’s Helpers! The results were amazing...we ended up with 152 bears tossed."


Lethbridge Atom Yeti

"Team Yeti from the Lethbridge Atom City Division is giving back by helping out at the local soup kitchen. We’ve already done one breakfast and are planning to go back in the new year to help serve breakfast again."

"It’s a beautiful thing to hear our boys requesting to go back because they feel like they’re helping people who need it. They made breakfast, served it to the guests and cleaned up afterwards. So proud of our boys!"


Medicine Hat Atom B Kings

"Today our Atom B Kings learned a valuable lesson.... not only is coach Jason teaching them hockey skills but more important to be great citizens. These kids gave up two hours of their saturday afternoon to work kettles for the salvation army."

"The Atom B Kings would like to challenge the other Atom teams to book a shift and help the salvation army out this holiday season. We had a very proud group of parents as we left the mall this evening."


Medicine Hat Atom Hounds

"Our Atom CAHL Hounds Black gave back for Christmas this year. For their Christmas party, they Adopted a family - raising $1400 among team families to make Christmas special for a family in need."

"The boys shopped and wrapped as a team, celebrating the gifts and lessons we have been fortunate to receive through the sport we love, along with the gift of giving back."


Olds Bantam AA Grizzlys

The Olds Bantam AA Grizzlys donated toys and money the the Olds and District Christmas Angels program to give back to the community.


Onoway Minor Hockey

"A former Onoway Midget player now for the 3rd year planned and organized our Christmas showdown, collecting food bank donations as well as money and toys for the less fortunate. We were able to collect quite a haul of food and toys to share in our community! And had a fun time wearing our Christmas sweaters too! Thanks to the Edson Sabre’s for getting in the spirit and sharing too!"


Sherwood Park SP795 Atom Arrows

"It is the Christmas season, and for many, it is a time to give selflessly to others in the community. Over the past two weeks, the SP795 Atom Arrows have been busy preparing a special gift. Led by the Arrows Coach and Manager, the boys came together as a team to decorate over 100 Christmas Cookies and to practice singing Christmas Carols, with a plan to deliver their creations to local seniors. On Sunday, the entire team met at the Summerland Retirement Village, and to the delight of the residents they handed out cookies, chatted with the residents and even sang a few Christmas carols. Although the Christmas carols were a little off key, they could see the seniors dancing in their chairs, delighted to hear these boys sing. As a parent group, we feel blessed to have had a child placed on this team, to watch our boys show politeness and kindness to the residents brought tears of joy to many and made hearts sing."

"It is in the leadership and guidance of Coach Dave and Manager Erin that the Atom Arrows have been given tremendous opportunity to grow as hockey players and young adults. They have opened up their home on countless occasions and are always looking for new opportunities for the boys to grow. The boys are not only being coached to make great plays in hockey, but through the efforts of Dave and Erin they are learning life lessons, such as selflessness and the importance of giving back to our community, they are also learning what it means to be a “teammate” in a locker room of friends. Thank you, Dave and Erin, for being such a great SPMHA family. We are proud to be the Parents of an Arrow player."

To see the boys singing, visit: https://youtu.be/7gaH9aFpxgA


Spruce Grove Peewee AA Timberwolves

"The Spruce Grove Pee Wee AA Timberwolves organized an event at two Spruce Grove vs Spruce Grove games. One of our community hockey players, Hudson Pedlar, was hospitalized with a serious illness due to influenza. He’s has a tough battle for over 6 weeks now in the hospital and will continue to have an extremely long time for therapy and healing. He is 8 years old."

"During the Pee Wee AA Game Timberwolves vs Broncos, we held a 50/50 with all profits going to #hudsonstrong. We also added it to the Bantam AA Timberwolves vs Broncos game. We raised over $1,700 and the two winners donated their winnings back to Hudson."

"We also held a Kinettes food drive during the Pee Wee game for the food bank and ended up getting over six giant bins full! It was a great day of giving back to the community, we are so proud of the players!"


St. Albert SA731 and SA 732

The St. Albert SA731 and SA732 challenged parents and fans to bring donations for the local food bank to their game.

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Team Alberta Christmas Camp set for Red Deer

RED DEER - With the 2019 Canada Winter Games less than two months away, the Team Alberta U16 Male and U18 Female squads will both get together in Red Deer this week for Christmas Camp.

The camp offers the chance at a special sneak-peek at both teams, as each will play a pair of exhibition games against Midget AAA or Bantam AAA teams.

The U16 Male squad will face off against the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:30pm, and the St. Albert Midget AAA Raiders on Friday, December 21st at 2:00pm.

The U18 Female team will play the Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels on Thursday, December 20 at 7:00pm, and the Leduc Bantam AAA Oil Kings on Saturday, December 22 at 12:30pm.

All games are at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, and are open to the public. There is no cost to attend, but all attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Red Deer Food Bank Society, or a cash donation for the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

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Peewee Coaches: Last chance to register for Power of Play and Good Deeds Cup

RED DEER – The deadline is approaching for Peewee coaches across Alberta to enter their team for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, and to register to receive their Team Kit.

Coach’s Kit Signup >

Your free Good Deeds Cup Team Kit has everything you need to develop your players on the ice, and create awareness off the ice, all the while reaffirming important values learned through hockey. Every kit is a premium coach’s hockey bag that comes with 10 practice pucks, 24 lace bracelets, 20 emblem stickers and 20 vehicle decals.

As well, all coaches of registered Peewee hockey teams in Canada are eligible to compete for the Good Deeds Cup. This season marks the third year of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, during which time hundreds of good deeds have been completed by Peewee teams in communities across Alberta and the country.

2018-19 Good Deeds Cup >

The Chevrolet Hockey program seeks to inspire young Canadians to be better people by promoting the positive values learned through hockey, and acting on them by performing Good Deeds in their community. The goal is to develop our future hockey players on and off the ice. Through the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, Chevrolet makes donations to causes on behalf of Peewee Hockey teams across the country. The deadline to enter is January 2.

A limited number of kits are available, one kit per team. Don’t delay; go to chevrolethockey.ca today and register for your Good Deeds Cup Coach’s Kit.

MORE INFORMATION AND FAQ >

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Inaugural Female Hockey Day showcases "Why We Play"

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Female Hockey Day was an overwhelming success, with hundreds showing up to take part in the day-long celebration.

Over 160 athletes took part in activities throughout the day, which included on-ice sessions for players and officials of all levels, and off-ice sessions, such as dryland training, parent education sessions, and sport ambassador sessions.

In addition to players from Red Deer College, young athletes also had the chance to hear from a handful of players from the Calgary Inferno, who were in town to play the Toronto Furies in the first-ever Canadian Women’s Hockey League game to be played in Red Deer.

“This wasn’t just a Red Deer event it was truly a Central Alberta event,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “Definitely to grow the game and give it a big platform to showcase and highlight female hockey. We’ve had a strong push in our office to grow the female game and introducing it to new participants.”

The game served as the exclamation point for Female Hockey Day, and drew a crowd of over 600 fans to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Valerie Gill, the captain of the gold medal-winning Team Alberta U18 Female squad at the 1991 Canada winter games, carried out the ceremonial puck drop before the game. One lucky athlete, Rozene Sabeti-Seidel, took to the ice with the Inferno during the pre-game skate, and stood with the team during the National Anthem - an honour she earned as the winner of the ’Experience the Dream’ contest.

Through a "chuck-a-puck" contest and a silent auction, the Hockey Alberta Foundation also raised over $1,000 for the Every Kid Every Community program during the game.

Female Hockey Day Photo Gallery >

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2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

The month-long “March to a title” features provincial championship tournament action during four weekends in March and April, along with four champions crowned through league playoff series. Organizations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.

2019 Provincial Host Sites >

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Grande Prairie in the north and west, Fort Macleod in the south, and Cold Lake in the east.

In addition, Hockey Alberta is undertaking a trial Provincial Championship Model. The trial will see the Peewee A-D Provincial Championships transition to Peewee Tiers 1-4. The Peewee Tiers 1-4 Provincial Championship Tournaments will take place March 28-31, with eight teams – the host, a wild card, and the champions from Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League, Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League.

Week one (March 14-17) features 13 tournaments: Bantam A, Bantam B, Bantam C, Bantam D, Bantam Female A, Bantam Female B, Atom AA Major, Atom AA Minor, Atom A, Atom B, Atom C, Atom D, and Atom Female.

Another 12 tournaments are set for week two (March 21-24): Minor Midget AAA, Midget A, Midget B, Midget C, Midget D, Midget Female AAA, Midget Female A, Midget Female B, Bantam AA, Bantam Female Elite, Peewee Female A and Peewee Female B.

Week three (March 28-31) will see nine more tournaments: Senior AA, Junior C, Midget AA, Midget Female Elite, Peewee AA, and the Peewee Tiers 1-4 events.

The 2019 Provincials wrap up with Junior B, the lone tournament running April 4-7.

The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.

ATB Financial will once again headline as the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, continuing a long-standing relationship with Hockey Alberta.

The majority of teams competing in minor Provincial Championship tournaments qualify by winning a zone playdown. Playdowns start in mid-January across the province, with over 700 teams vying for the right to represent their zone at the provincial championships. Host teams receive an automatic berth in the championship they are hosting, although they do participate in zone playdowns, and have the opportunity to win their zone title.

Hosts for the following events are still being accepted and reviewed: Midget Female A, Bantam Female A, Bantam Female B and Atom AA Major. Interested applicants can contact Bryden Burrell, Coordinator, Hockey Programs.

Hockey Alberta would also like to congratulate the Blackfalds Wranglers, who will host the 2020 Junior B Provincial Championships.

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World Junior A Challenge kicks off in Bonnyville

BONNYVILLE - The World Junior A Challenge returns to Alberta as the 2018 edition of the tournament kicks off in Bonnyville on Sunday.

This is the second time in three years Bonnyville has hosted the World Junior A Challenge, as the town was also awarded the tournament in 2016. It’s also just the third Alberta stop in WJAC history.

Five Albertans will compete in the tournament for Team Canada West: Dylan Holloway (Bragg Creek), Austin Wong (Cochrane), Luke Bast (Red Deer), T.J. Lloyd (Lloydminster) and Matthew Davis (Calgary). Canada West opens tournament play Sunday at 5pm against the United States.

Tournament Schedule >

Five Alberta Officials have been chosen to work the World Junior A Challenge: Referees Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer) and Kyle Kowalksi (Edmonton), and Linesmen Jason Nedinis (Calgary), Will Moss (Calgary), and Przemek Iwaniec (Calgary).

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Team Alberta U16 Male roster announced for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U16 Male team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

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"The depth of hockey talent in this province is significant, which resulted in many difficult decisions for us," said Head Coach Bobby Fox. "Our staff is excited to work with this group of 20 players moving forward to the Canada Winter Games."

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, the Alberta Cup in April, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose in July. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and from the Summer Camp, a shortlist roster was established and monitored in league play during the first months of the 2018-19 season.

Team staff includes: Bobby Fox (head coach), Brandin Cote (associate coach), Jeff Shantz (assistant coach), Alex Mandolidis (video coach), Derek Purfield (goalie coach), Karyn Fanstone (athletic therapist), Dave Campbell (equipment manager), Jamie Porter (head scout), Michael Kraichy (Director of Hockey Operations), Dustin Moore (Assistant Director of Hockey Operations), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 13 different associations represented on the roster: Airdrie, Alix, Beaumont, Beiseker, Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Okotoks, St. Albert, and Whitecourt.

Since men’s hockey was first contested at the Canada Winter Games in 1967, Team Alberta owns 10 medals, including gold in 1967, 1975, 1999, and 2003. The U16 Male squad is coming off a silver medal at the most recent games in Prince George in 2015, a team that featured five recent invitees to the 2019 National Junior Team Selection Camp.

The Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Men’s Hockey competition set for February 17-22.

The entire Team Alberta U16 Male roster will meet for Christmas Camp in Red Deer on December 19-21. The team will host two exhibition games: Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30pm versus the Red Deer Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs, and Friday, December 21 at 2:00pm against the St. Albert Midget AAA Raiders. Both games are at the Enmax Centrium, and are open to the public.

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Doug McKenzie: 1924-2018

RED DEER - William (Doug) McKenzie, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Tuesday, December 4 at the age of 94.

Doug was involved with amateur hockey for more than seven decades – working at the local, regional, provincial and national levels.

His lifelong involvement with hockey began as a minor and junior player with Edmonton’s Canadian Athletic Club. After years of administrative involvement with the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association, Doug became involved with Hockey Alberta as Minor Council North Vice Chair and Vice President. Doug served as President of Hockey Alberta from 1975-80, and Past President for six years. In 1981, Doug became involved at the national level with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, serving as a Director and Senior Hockey Chair.

Doug was instrumental in building hockey relations with Japan and the Hokkaido Ice Hockey Federation. He first travelled with the University of Alberta Golden Bears to play in the Pacific Rim Tournament. This led to many exchanges with Japan and Hockey Alberta over the years. During his last trip to Japan, Doug presented the "McKenzie Friendship Cup" to the Hokkaido National Team.

Among his numerous accolades, Doug received Hockey Alberta’s President’s Award in 1981, was named a Hockey Alberta Life Member in 1992, and was inducted into both the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (1989) and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (2009). As well, in 1993, the McKenzie Cup, awarded to the Alberta/British Columbia Senior AAA champion, was named in his honour.

Doug is lovingly remembered by his wife of 71 years, Peggy; sons George (Gloria), Richard (Marla), Alex (Wendy), and Tom (Karen); grandchildren Kim (Scott), Sheri (Marc), Maria (Mike), Jordie (Jen), Melissa (Mark), Ashley (Myles), and Michelle (Sam); and great-grandchildren Makayla, Jordan, Tristan, Taisyia, Kaleah, Brooklynn. Doug is predeceased by his parents, George and Francis, and sister Anita.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 4-8 pm at Evergreen Funeral Home (16204 Fort Road) in Edmonton. A funeral is scheduled for Mount Zion Lutheran Church (11533-135 Street NW) in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 12 at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church or Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

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IIHF World Junior Championship Returns to Alberta

EDMONTON – The world’s best junior hockey players will be skating for gold on Alberta ice at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

From Hockey Canada:

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), has awarded the 45th edition of the international tournament to the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer.

“To return to Alberta is an incredible opportunity for Hockey Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “The province of Alberta and the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer have a history of hosting successful, world-class events, including the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship in Red Deer, the 2012 edition of the tournament in Edmonton and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer. We are confident in this committee’s ability to successfully execute on its vision for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we look forward to working with them to ensure we leave a lasting legacy in Alberta and across the country that helps us continue to grow and foster the game from the grassroots to elite levels.”

Smith was chair of the site-selection committee, which also included Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney, former Hockey Canada board chair Joe Drago and CHL president David Branch, and was supported by Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for Hockey Canada as the committee’s resource staff.

Hockey Canada has played host to the IIHF World Junior Championship 12 times in the tournament’s 41-year history; the 13th IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice officially kicks off this month in Vancouver and Victoria. Organizers of the 2021 tournament will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship as part of the preparation and planning for Edmonton and Red Deer.

Leading the committee are Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) in partnership with the City of Edmonton, and the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club in partnership with the City of Red Deer.

“Oilers Entertainment Group is thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with Hockey Canada, this time to help bring the IIHF World Junior Championship to Edmonton and Red Deer,” said Bob Nicholson, OEG CEO & vice chair. “We are continuing to build Edmonton’s international reputation as a destination for hockey and we know the hockey fans in our community will be excited to cheer on Team Canada on home ice.”

“On behalf of the Rebels organization, the City of Red Deer, our partners at Westerner Park and all junior hockey fans across Central Alberta, we are beyond excited to bring the IIHF World Junior Championship back to our community,” said Brent Sutter, owner, general manager and head coach of the Red Deer Rebels. “This marquee event was a game-changer for the region in 1995, and we’re sure fans from around the world will be embraced once again.”

“As a site-selection committee, finding the optimal site for the IIHF World Junior Championship is always our priority,” said Branch. As a partner, the CHL is instrumental in the hosting of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Canadian ice, sharing in the event legacy for the development of high-performance junior hockey across the country, and lending its players, coaches and support staff to participating teams. “The interest and excitement to host this special event remains high as we look to 2021 and beyond. Today is about celebrating the selection of Edmonton and Red Deer as co-hosts in 2021 and the teams, volunteers, staff and fans who will make the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria an unforgettable experience beginning later this month.”

The Government of Alberta has committed its support to the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“Alberta’s towns and cities are rich with hockey culture and our government is proud to support the 2021 World Juniors,” said the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism for the Government of Alberta. “These championships will bring top-notch athletes and tourists from around the world to explore our beautiful province. This is an incredible opportunity for Alberta and I know co-hosting the games in Edmonton and Red Deer will be a winning combination.”

The 2021 World Juniors will be co-hosted at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels with regional economic impact expected to exceed $50-million.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Red Deer again after a great Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our outstanding hosting skills as well as Edmonton’s Rogers Place and Ice District to the world. Events like this have a significant local economic impact that will benefit Edmontonians and allow them to enjoy their ongoing love for hockey.”

"World Juniors is more than a hockey tournament. It is our national tradition. Red Deer is honoured to be a partner host City for the 2020/2021 World Juniors, especially given our strong community history of hosting Juniors in 1995", said Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. "We will build on this proud heritage with our government and hockey partners. Hockey Canada, the Oilers Entertainment Group and the Red Deer Rebels are to be applauded for the hockey and Canadian history we are writing today, and for the opportunity they have secured for us".

Tickets for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will be available to Edmonton Oilers, Oil Kings and Rebels season-seat holders in the spring. Tickets will go on sale to the public at a later date.

A legacy plan for potential profits from the event will provide for grassroots hockey program support across the province and throughout Hockey Canada’s 13 regional members, as well as the CHL. A portion of the profits are used by the IIHF to grow the game internationally.

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Team Alberta U18 Female roster announced for 2019 Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Team Alberta roster for the 2019 U18 Female team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Team Alberta U18 Female Roster >

"Our staff is really excited about this team," said Head Coach Carla MacLeod. "It has been a process to get to this point and all the girls involved have been a pleasure to work with. The 20 girls selected are all individually skilled and driven and we are looking forward to the next step of becoming an Alberta Built team. To play at the Canada Winter Games in Alberta is an honour that we cannot wait to experience."

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Craig Perrett (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie coach), Ally Bendfeld (video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Bergen Henengouwen (equipment manager), Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning), Kendall Newell (Director of Hockey Operations), and Barry Medori (Coach Mentor).

The 2019 U18 Female roster features six returning players from the 2017 U18 Nationals team: Kassy Betinol, Teghan Inglis, Stephanie Markowski, Jordan Mortlock, Danielle Serdachny, and Rachel Weiss. This will be the third time representing Alberta for Markowski and Weiss, who also played in the 2016 U18 Nationals.

Alberta’s Minor Hockey Associations are well-represented amongst the team, with 13 different associations represented on the roster: Beaverlodge, Calgary, Cochrane, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Irma, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, St. Albert, Wainwright and Whitecourt.

Team Alberta is coming off a bronze medal finish in women’s hockey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, a feat also accomplished by the 1999 team in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Team Alberta is a two-time gold medalist at the Canada Winter Games, most recently in 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the inaugural gold medal in 1991 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the first year women’s hockey was incorporated into the Games.

The Team Alberta selection process began at the Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp in May, followed by Summer Camp in July and Fall Camp in September. The Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer, with the Female Hockey competition set for February 24 - March 2.

The roster for Team Alberta U16 Male will be announce at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.

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AFHL November Wrap Up

RED DEER - The second month of the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League is now in the books, with the Lloydminster PWM Steelers (Midget AAA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Elite), and Sherwood Park Royals (Bantam Elite) sitting atop the standings in their respective leagues.


Midget AAA

Heading into December, the Midget AAA Female standings are:

1) Lloydminster PWM Steelers (41 pts)
2) St. Albert Slash (40 pts)
3) Calgary Fire (31 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (21 pts)
5) Edmonton Pandas (14 pts)
6) Rocky Mountain Raiders (12 pts)

Slash forward Madison Willan leads the league across the board, with 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points.

St. Albert’s goaltending tandem of Holly Borrett and Brianna Sank are off to red-hot starts to the season. Borrett leads the league with a 0.71 GAA and a 7-0-0 record, and sits second with three shutouts, while Sank is right behind with a 0.75 GAA and six wins, and leads all Midget AAA goaltenders with four shutouts.

Midget AAA Leaderboard >


Midget Elite

After two months of play, the Midget Elite standings are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Fury (25 pts)
2) Peace Country PCFAC Storm (22 pts)
3) St. Albert Sharks (21 pts)
4) Lloydminster Elite Steelers (12 pts)
5) North Central Impact (7 pts)
6) Edmonton Pandas (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (30 pts)
2) Airdrie Lightning (28 pts)
3) Calgary Fire Red (18 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (17 pts)
5) Rocky Mountain Raiders (6 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (4 pts)

Sherwood Park forward Madison Porter leads all Midget Elite skaters in goals (13) and points (16). Meanwhile, Calgary Fire White’s Sarah Gaiser sits atop the assist leaderboard with 10.

With a 4-0 record with the Calgary Fire Red, Rebecca Boswell’s minuscule 0.50 GAA leads the league, while Airdrie’s Jocelynn Pearce sits atop the leaderboard with seven wins, and is tied with Calgary Fire White netminder Cienna Kinghorn with three shutouts.

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Bantam Elite

In the Bantam Elite division, it has been exciting first two months of league play. The Bantam Elite standings heading into December are:

North Division:
1) Sherwood Park Royals (29 pts)
2) Lloydminster Junior Steelers (29 pts)
3) North Central Impact (27 pts)
4) Edmonton Pandas (18 pts)
5) St. Albert Raiders (12 pts)
6) Peace Country Bonnett’s Storm (5 pts)

South Division:
1) Calgary Fire White (24 pts)
2) Calgary Fire Red (17 pts)
3) Rocky Mountain Raiders (17 pts)
4) Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs (15 pts)
5) Olds Grizzlys (14 pts)
6) Lethbridge Cyclones (3 pts)

With 12 goals and 19 points, Lloydminster’s Lana Duriez leads the league in both categories, while North Central’s Jorja Nystrom leads all Bantam Elite skaters with 10 assists.

Asia Kachuk sits atop the league with a 0.71 GAA, while her Sherwood Park teammate Teegan Fedoruk leads the league with four shutouts. Lloydminster’s Tiana Stafford is tops in Bantam Elite with six wins.

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Coach of the Month - November

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s November Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Danielle Wheeler of Stettler.

A former Canadian Women’s Hockey League player, Danielle has been coaching since 2009, and currently coaches both the Stettler Novice Green and Stettler Novice Mites Grey teams. She also serves as the Registrar for Stettler Minor Hockey.

In addition to hockey, Danielle coaches baseball, soccer and lacrosse.

"I love passing my love of sports and activity onto the kids," she said. "Seeing them excel and improve is amazing especially with how far they come from the beginning of the year to the end at the younger ages."

"Danielle supports each player and encourages them beyond any parent expectation,’ said the parent who nominated Danielle. "Her guidance and skill is remarkable, quite likely the best coach my child will ever be lucky enough to work with."

Hockey Alberta is proud to recognize Danielle for her effort and accomplishments ahead of Female Hockey Day. Hockey Alberta is celebrating all aspects of female hockey on Saturday, December 15 in Red Deer with a day full of on and off-ice activities for players, coaches, officials, and parents of all levels.


The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >

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Three new Board members elected at 111th annual general meeting

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors on Saturday at the organization’s 111th Annual General Meeting.

Michael Bates of Cochrane, Francois Gagnon of Fort McMurray, and Wilson Gemmill of Grande Prairie were elected as new Directors at Large. A total of six individuals let their names stand for election for three positions.

Bates, Gagnon and Gemmill will join current members Terry Engen (Chair), Fran Zinger (Vice Chair), Rob Virgil (Past Chair), Len Samletzki (Finance Director), Brock Harrington and Allan Mowbray (Directors at Large).

Also recognized during the AGM for their years of volunteer service were:

  • 20 Years: Terry Engen
  • 10 Years: Randy Hupka, Danny Povaschuk
  • 5 Years: Barry Brost, Seema King, Gord Lane, Todd Vance
  • Retiring Long-Term Volunteers: Debbie Northcott (Minor Administration Committee), Danny Povaschuk (Minor Regulations Committee)

HOCKEY ALBERTA AWARDS

Prior to the AGM, six individuals, one team, and two minor hockey associations were recognized for their outstanding contributions to hockey in Alberta, as the 2018 Hockey Alberta Awards, sponsored by BFL Canada, were presented.

The Hockey Alberta Awards program was restructured this year to include awards that are open to nominations from Hockey Alberta member organization, staff member or volunteer, and others that are determined by Hockey Alberta through a review of eligible candidates.

The 2018 Hockey Alberta Award recipients are:

  • Order of Merit: Debbie Northcott (Caroline) and Brenda Dyck (Edmonton). A maximum of two awards presented to recognize exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for 10 years or more. Recipients have dedicated significant effort, time, and leadership to growing and/or developing amateur hockey, not only in their own community, but across the Province.
  • Coach of the Year: Kyle McLaughlin (Canmore). Presented to a coach who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Official of the Year: Chad Huseby (Red Deer). Presented to an official who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Team of the Year: St. Albert Slash Midget Female AAA. Presented to recognize a Team’s significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Exceptional Provincials Host Site: Whitecourt (Atom A) and Rimbey (Midget C). Presented to the Minor Hockey Association/ Host Committee judged to have implemented the most outstanding Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship during the current season.
  • Ernie Boruk Award: Kumail Moledina (Edmonton). Presented for outstanding dedication and contribution to Hockey Alberta Officials Committee.
  • Dave Ganley Award: Gary Goreniuk (Bonnyville). Presented for outstanding contribution to hockey officiating in Alberta

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Changing players, changing sport - Tufts

RED DEER – Hockey is changing, but more importantly, the kids who play it are changing.

And these changes have a significant impact on the role of minor hockey coaches and administrators.

Change, and its impact on the sport of hockey, was one of the themes stressed by Allyson Tufts, in her keynote address Friday night to open the 111th Annual General Meeting weekend for Hockey Alberta.

“When you talk about the game changing, you need to remember our youth is changing. So, if you start to see something funny with one of the kids, you don’t need to fix it, but you need to recognize it and tell somebody. It’s important,” said Tufts.

Tufts is a hockey mom from eastern Ontario who, in 2015, wrote about her experiences in a book entitled “Lessons from Behind the Glass.” Since then, she has worked with Hockey Canada and BC Hockey, and toured with former CFLer Mike ’Pinball’ Clemons and former NHL goalie Kirk Maclean, talking about creating a better atmosphere for young athletes.

In her presentation to more than 100 minor hockey association representatives and Hockey Alberta volunteers, Tufts reminded them of the key role they play in the development of our youth.

“When you think of you all here as volunteers, on a Friday night, in crappy weather, if you don’t think what you do is important, you are so wrong. What you do matters, and it matters for our youth,” said Tufts. “Our youth needs hockey, it needs sports, and it needs to learn how to be resilient.”

Tufts reflected on what her son gained from hockey while he was a player - integrity, strength, friendship and resilience.

“We didn’t teach him that, hockey did,” Tufts said.

And in this digital age of cell phones and social media, the hockey rink has emerged as the new “safe house” for our youth – where the phone is put away, and there is an opportunity for adults to talk and be heard.

“The one place where you can have influence is in the dressing room, in the arena. When they are on the ice, they’re there doing something they love,” Tufts said. “And we need to use the moments with them, when they’re listening, and they’re not on their phones, and they’re in the dressing room, to teach them to be strong good individuals, as well as good players.”

For more information on Allyson Tufts, go to her website: lessonsfrombehindtheglass.com.


The AGM weekend continues on Saturday at Red Deer College. In the morning, minor hockey association executive members will participate in a session with representatives from Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada. The focus is on building a new national direction, and resetting the focus of hockey in Alberta by building a plan that develops players, grows the game and educates parents. In the afternoon, Hockey Alberta Awards will be presented, followed by the AGM itself starting at 2:30 pm.

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SECOND INSTALLMENT: Officiating Video Partnership with WHL

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to present the second installment of the Western Hockey League’s officiating partnership video series.

The partnership will see the production of a series of videos that will be shared with all officials in Alberta and the other Western Branches.

This is an exciting opportunity for all officials to learn from some of the best officials in the country. The link to the first video is included below, and you will receive an email from Hockey Alberta each time that a new video is available for viewing. The videos will be uploaded to Hockey Alberta’s YouTube channel, so you can always access them on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Missed the first video? View it here:

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Lessons From Behind the Glass: Allyson Tufts to deliver keynote address at AGM

RED DEER - Allyson Tufts, author of Lessons from Behind the Glass, will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday night for the 2018 Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting.

A book designed specifically for parents with a child in organized sports, Lessons from Behind the Glass outlines the ups and downs that come from being a hockey parent, based on Tuft’s first-hand experience as a hockey mom.

"If I could go back and do all these things differently, I would’ve," said Tufts in a promotional video for the book. "So, in realizing I couldn’t, I thought the best way to deal with it was to write something to help other people."

Since the launch of her book in April 2015, Tufts has seen great success, selling thousands of copies across Canada and the United States. She’s been on an exciting speaking tour, presenting along side Tom Renney, the President of Hockey Canada, Pinball Clemons, CFL football star and motivational speaker and Kirk MacLean former NHL goalie. Allyson continues to spread her message to parents about creating a better atmosphere for our young athletes in whatever sport they choose.

Tufts will kick off the 2018 AGM weekend by speaking to the 100-plus delegates from Hockey Alberta’s member organizations from across province about her book, and the lessons stemming from it.

MHAs and club teams still have time to sign up for the Hockey Alberta AGM, which runs Friday and Saturday in Red Deer. Registration information and AGM details can be found on hockeyalberta.ca.

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Tips and resources for minor hockey parents

RED DEER - Parents are integral part of the minor hockey system, and are a key to ensuring that their children have the opportunity to play hockey.

Parents have many roles for their children, teams, and teammates. Depending on the day, a parent can be a supporter, advocate, chauffeur, equipment manager, or dietician, making sure that their children can experience and have fun participating in the sport of hockey.

Hockey Alberta has a new set of resources designed to support and assist our parents in providing the most positive experience for your young players.

Check out the new Parents tab at hockeyalberta.ca.

Information available on the Parents tab includes articles from various publications, tips from experts in areas such as nutrition, and updates from Hockey Alberta. Parents are encouraged to check back regularly to see new information as it is added.

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Help celebrate Female Hockey Day!

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Hockey Alberta’s inaugural Female Hockey Day, Saturday, December 15 – with everything happening at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

The day will feature on and off-ice development sessions for players, coaches, and officials – all to celebrate female hockey. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join. To help us celebrate, and to conclude a full day of Female Hockey Day activities, the Calgary Inferno will host the Toronto Furies in a Canadian Women’s Hockey League game.

FEMALE HOCKEY DAY SCHEDULE >


Player Development sessions are ongoing throughout Female Hockey Day, including on and off-ice instruction for current female players at all levels, from Intro to Hockey (Initiation and Novice) to Midget. Player Development sessions have a registration fee of $15 per participant, which includes a ticket to the Inferno/Furies game.

REGISTER – PLAYER SESSIONS >


There will also be Try Hockey sessions offered for both youth and adult females who are looking to play hockey for the first time. Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank will be on site to outfit all new players with equipment, and to accept donations of the following new or gently used equipment:

  • Skis & Snowboards (Under 120cm)
  • Large Skating & Hockey Helmets
  • Small Goalie Equipment
  • Baseball, Soccer & Football Gear
  • Badminton Racquets
  • Rollerblades (Size 4 and Under)
  • Basketball Shoes (All Sizes)

*All participants in the Try Hockey sessions must complete an EQUIPMENT OUTFITTING PACKAGE and attach it to their registration.*

REGISTER – TRY HOCKEY >


In conjunction with the CWHL Game, a Game Day Speaker Series is being hosted for all coaches involved in female hockey, which includes a seminar, a ticket to the Inferno/Furies game, and a de-brief after the game. Registration for the Game Day Speaker Series is $15 per person.

REGISTER – GAME DAY SPEAKER SERIES >


Female officials are also invited to take part in Female Hockey Day with a FREE afternoon clinic, that includes classroom and on-ice sessions.

REGISTER – FEMALE OFFICIALS CLINIC >


Additional tickets for the CWHL game are available for purchase online, or at the door at $15 each (plus GST).


Experience the Dream Contest

Hockey Alberta invites YOU to enter the Experience the Dream contest for a chance to skate with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League!

The Inferno will battle the Toronto Furies during Female Hockey Day on Saturday, December 15 in Red Deer, and one winner will be chosen to join them on ice during the warm-up and National Anthem.

To enter, tell us who your female role model is (hockey or non-hockey related) in a paragraph or short essay, outlining why you look up to them. Please also include a photo or drawing of your female role model.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m. (MT).

*The Experience the Dream contest is open to female residents of Alberta under the age of 18. By entering this contest, you agree to travel to Red Deer on December 15*

Enter Contest >

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Alberta Challenge coming to Leduc

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2019 Alberta Challenge will be hosted in Leduc.

The Leduc Recreation Centre is the host site for the event, set for May 1-5.

“We are excited to bring the Alberta Challenge to Leduc, a city where female hockey continues to thrive,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. “Hockey Alberta is excited to be able to showcase the best of Bantam Female Hockey to the Capital Region”

As noted in the City’s bid, Leduc has successfully hosted a wide variety of provincial and international sporting events, including the 2016 Alberta Summer Games.

Regional Camps for the 2019 Alberta Challenge are set for April 5-7 in Fort Saskatchewan (North) and Cochrane (South). Registration for Regional Camps opens in January.

For more information on the Alberta Challenge, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abchallenge.ca

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Players Bench Team Apparel Coach of the Month - October

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s October Coach of the Month, sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel, is Dan Cavanagh of Calgary.

Cavanagh currently coaches three different teams in the Crowfoot Coyotes Minor Hockey Association; Peewee 4 Black, Minor Novice 3 and Jr. Timbits 2.

He’s been coaching for 7 years, and is also a Head Coach with Northwest Little League Baseball.

"I most enjoy seeing kids develop their skills as players and people," said Cavanagh. "Coaching provides an opportunity to pass on a love for the game. I also enjoy working with the other coaches to help athletes realize their potential. My coaching philosophy is to promote an atmosphere of hard work, respect for others, team play and fun. When we achieve that, success can come in many ways."

"Dan is a phenomenal coach who is knowledgeable, level-headed and inclusive," said one of Dan’s fellow coaches, who nominated him for the award. "He coaches or assistant coaches in three different levels of hockey for Crowfoot! I have coached with him for three years and he rarely misses an event. Dan Cavanagh is an asset to the Crowfoot Hockey organization!"


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce Players Bench Team Apparel as the new sponsor of the Coach of the Month Award.

The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.

One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.

Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.

Nomination Form >

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2019 Alberta Cup Coach and Trainer applications now open

RED DEER – An exciting opportunity awaits coaches and trainers across the province, as Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for coaches and trainers for the 2019 Alberta Cup.

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach, two assistant coaches and one trainer for each of the six Alberta Cup teams.

The deadline for all applications is November 9.

Alberta Cup Coach Application > | Alberta Cup Trainer Application >

The Alberta Cup runs April 24-28 in Red Deer, and provides players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and on-ice officials an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

For more information on the 2019 Alberta Cup, head to abcup.ca.

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Host a Provincial Championship in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting bids from Minor Hockey Associations interested in hosting the 2019 Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.

Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Championships are some of the most exciting and high-profile events in which Hockey Alberta’s membership takes part each season, bringing together the top teams from across the province in each category.

The 2019 Provincial Championships will be held March 14-17, March 21-24 and March 28-31, in each of the respective categories.

Provincial Bid Guidelines >

The bid guidelines document outlines the requirements involved, and the opportunities available, for a Minor Hockey Association interested in submitting a bid to host a Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship event.

The deadline to submit a bid to host Provincial Championships is November 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Skilnick, Manager, Member Services, at mskilnick@hockeyalberta.ca.

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WHL extends partnership agreement with Hockey Alberta

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League announced today the WHL and Hockey Alberta have extended their current partnership agreement through the 2020-21 season. The new three-year partnership agreement will encompass the current 2018-19 season along with the upcoming 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

The agreement includes the WHL continuing to be a major sponsor of Hockey Alberta’s High Performance Programs and the Alberta Cup. Within the partnership, Hockey Alberta will continue to recognize the WHL as an official partner in Hockey Alberta’s Male Alberta Development Model, which includes the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League and the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League. The WHL will also continue as an official sponsor of other grassroots development programs.

“The WHL is very proud to continue serving as a major supporter of Hockey Alberta’s high performance and minor hockey system,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We are committed to assisting Hockey Alberta with the growth and development of the game throughout the province.”

“We have worked collaboratively with the Western Hockey League for several years to provide many positive development opportunities for players throughout the minor hockey system,” said Rob Litwinski, Hockey Alberta’s CEO. “We look forward to continuing this work for the benefit of players throughout the minor hockey system.”


About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.


About Hockey Alberta

Hockey Alberta is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for organized amateur hockey in the Province of Alberta. Hockey Alberta’s Vision is Hockey for Life, and Hockey Alberta encourages participation on both a competitive and recreational level for those who enjoy hockey for the sportsmanship, skill and enjoyment it can provide. Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network includes offices in Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. In 2017-18, there were more than 105,000 registered participants, including more than 86,000 players in Alberta.

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AJHL Game Day Speaker Series, presented by Finning Canada

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Junior Hockey League are pleased to announce the AJHL Game Day Speaker Series is returning for the 2018-19 season, with Finning Canada as the new presenting sponsor.

Coaches of all levels are invited join us for a game in a city near you, and have the opportunity to listen to both the home and visiting team coaches speak before and after the game. Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor will also provide a Professional Development session for Coaches before each game on a variety of topics.

Each Game Day experience costs $40 and includes (a $200 value):

  • Sessions with both Home and Away AJHL Coaches
  • Ticket to the AJHL game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Professional Development from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta Resource Package
  • Hockey Alberta Gift

Register >


Dates & Locations:

November 2 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Whitecourt Wolverines
Topic: Transition

December 7 - Canmore Eagles @ Brooks Bandits
Topic: Developing Defensive Play

January 15 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Topic: Penalty Kill

January 18 - Drumheller Dragons @ Camrose Kodiaks
Topic: Tying Tactics to Structure

February 1 - Spruce Grove Saints @ Lloydminister Bobcats
Topic: Faceoffs

November 2 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Whitecourt Wolverines
Topic: Transition

December 7 - Canmore Eagles @ Brooks Bandits
Topic: Developing Defensive Play

January 15 - Sherwood Park Crusaders @ Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Topic: Penalty Kill

January 18 - Drumheller Dragons @ Camrose Kodiaks
Topic: Tying Tactics to Structure

February 1 - Spruce Grove Saints @ Lloydminister Bobcats
Topic: Faceoffs


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development at jhale@hockeyalberta.ca

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2019 Peewee Prospects Cup coaching applications now open

RED DEER – An exciting opportunity awaits coaches across the province, as Hockey Alberta is now accepting coaching applications for the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup.

Hockey Alberta is seeking one head coach and two assistant coaches for each of the eight Peewee Prospects Cup teams.

The deadline for all applications is November 9.

Peewee Prospects Cup Coach Application >

The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup runs May 8-12 in Lethbridge, and provides players, coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and on-ice officials an opportunity to discover the great qualities of competitive hockey.

Regional camps run April 12-14, locations TBD. Player registration for regional camps will open in January.


For more information on the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta Male at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca

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Peewee Coaches: Register now for the Good Deeds Cup and Team Kit!

RED DEER – The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup is back for 2018-19, and Peewee coaches in Alberta can now register to receive their Team Kit.

Coach’s Kit Signup >

Your free Good Deeds Cup Team Kit has everything you need to develop your players on the ice, and create awareness off the ice, all the while reaffirming important values learned through hockey. Every kit is a premium coach’s hockey bag that comes with 10 practice pucks, 24 lace bracelets, 20 emblem stickers and 20 vehicle decals.

As well, all coaches of registered Peewee hockey teams in Canada are eligible to compete for the Good Deeds Cup. This season marks the third year of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, during which time hundreds of good deeds have been completed by Peewee teams in communities across Alberta and the country.

2018-19 Good Deeds Cup >

The Chevrolet Hockey program seeks to inspire young Canadians to be better people by promoting the positive values learned through hockey, and acting on them by performing Good Deeds in their community. The goal is to develop our future hockey players on and off the ice. Through the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, Chevrolet makes donations to causes on behalf of Peewee Hockey teams across the country.

A limited number of kits are available, one kit per team. Don’t delay; go to chevrolethockey.ca today and register for your Good Deeds Cup Coach’s Kit.

MORE INFORMATION AND FAQ >

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Info Bulletin: Nominations Committee Report

RED DEER - As outlined in Hockey Alberta Information Bulletin 18:05, there are three (3) positions of Director at Large up for election to the Hockey Alberta Board at the 2018 Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 24 in Red Deer.

Each successful candidate will be elected to serve a term of three (3) years.

The individuals listed in the information bulletin have filed a proper nomination application with the Nominations Committee.

Information Bulletin 18:05 >

To learn more about the candidates, please review the short video and summary of credentials for each nominee.

Nominee Videos >

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Four Alberta officials selected for Hockey Canada, IIHF events

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to recognize the four officials selected to represent the province on the national and international stage this season.

Referee Taylor Burzminski (St. Albert) has been assigned to Hockey Canada’s officiating team for the 2018 World Under-17 Challenge, which runs November 3-10 in Saint John/Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

Internationally, linesman Cody Huseby (Red Deer) is one of 23 Canadian officials selected for IIHF championships in 2018-19. Huseby will work the Group A games at the World Under-20 Division II Championships in Estonia, January 13-19.

Referee Fraser Lawrence (Edmonton) will also officiate at the IIHF World Championships in Division III in Iceland, January 14-20.

On the female side, referee Lacy Senuk (St. Albert) is doubling up this season, as she will work both the 2018 4 Nations Cup November 6-10 in Saskatoon, and the IIHF Women’s World Championship April 4-14 in Finland.

"A national or international assignment is the ultimate goal for an amateur official," said Craig DeCoursey, Chair of the Hockey Alberta Official’s Committee. "The selection of these four officials is a reflection of their commitment, dedication, and perseverance in their field. Not only are they leaders on the ice in Alberta, but their participation off the ice in supervision, mentorship and develepment programs makes their selection even more rewarding."

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Novice teams: register now for Dodge Caravan Kids!

RED DEER - Registration is now open for Dodge Caravan Kids for Novice teams across Alberta.

The Dodge Caravan Kids Program is a joint effort between participating minor hockey associations and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram retailers that provides up to $500 in funding and access to exclusive hockey benefits to novice level hockey teams across Canada.

The goal of the Dodge Caravan Kids Program is to help enrich the game of hockey for participating coaches, players and their families and represents one of FCA Canada’s key community efforts.

Learn more at http://www.dodgecaravankids.ca/en/

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Program Benefits

Each team enrolled in the Dodge Caravan Kids Program will receive:

  • Up to $500 in funding.
  • The opportunity to enter the Dodge Caravan Kids Photo Contest to win up to $500 in extra funding.
  • Team kits including an exclusive Dodge Caravan Kids gift for all players and an important information booklet for all parents/guardians.
  • The opportunity to enter our Score & Win contest for a chance to win a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 and $5,000 for your local Minor Hockey Association.

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Midget Elite, Bantam Elite Seasons kick off

RED DEER - The 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League hits full stride this weekend, as the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite seasons kick off Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Friday night features a pair of Midget Elite games, with the Rocky Mountain Raiders taking on the Sherwood Park Fury, and Airdrie Lightning visiting the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. Saturday sees five more games, with four more set for Sunday in a busy opening weekend.

On the Bantam Elite side, 10 of 12 teams kick their seasons off on Saturday, while the Calgary Fire Red and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs will wait until the following weekend for their seasons to begin.

You can keep track of all the action on each league’s website, or by following the AFHL on Twitter.

Midget AAA Schedule > | Midget Elite Schedule > | Bantam Elite Schedule >

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Registration now open for 2018 Annual General Meeting

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s 111th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 in Red Deer.

The meeting will consist of presentations, information seminars and discussion forms for Executive Members of Minor Hockey Associations, Sports Schools and Junior/Senior Club Teams, as well as Executive Members of our sanctioned leagues.

Register >

Attending the AGM is important for your organization - to exercise your right to vote in the election and for Notices of Motion, and to participate in discussions about the future of the game.

Hockey Alberta is challenging the membership to make this our best-attended Annual General Meeting weekend ever. Friday evening features a special presentation, trade show and networking social. Saturday opens with a series of President Meetings followed by the Awards Presentations and Annual General Meeting.

In addition to the meetings, we are hosting our first ever ‘Every Kid, Every Community Cup’. In partnership with NHL Alumni and other special guests, we are inviting Executive members from member organizations to participate in a game of shinny in the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Space in the game is limited to the first 40 participants to sign up. More information and a registration link for the ‘Every Kid, Every Community Cup’ will be circulated in the coming weeks.

Hockey Alberta has partnered with the Best Western Hotel and the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel to provide the best possible rates for accommodations. Please book your accommodations as soon as possible to access these rates. If you are booking by phone, please indicate you are with the Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting.

Information regarding Nominations for the Board of Directors and potential Notices of Motion will be circulated no less than thirty (30) days prior to the AGM. Please note that Member Dues for the 2018-2019 season and any overdue accounts must be paid in full for Members to be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. Please refer to Article 4, 4.6 (b) of the Hockey Alberta Bylaws and Regulations for information about voting privileges/procedures.

For any further information please contact either Michelle Skilnick (mskilnick@hockeyalberta.ca) or Allison Marriott (amarriott@hockeyalberta.ca).

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2018 Boston Pizza Design-a-Mask contest

Boston Pizza and Bauer are excited to once again partner with Hockey Canada to give young Canadians the opportunity to get into the game on a global level and show their creativity through the Design-A-Mask program.

Guests of the restaurant are invited to design a goalie mask featuring the Hockey Canada logo and a Canadian theme. Two winners will be chosen, one in the under-13 category and one in the 13-to-18 category. The masks designed by the winner will be worn by Canada’s National Junior Team goaltenders during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

In addition to having their designs featured on a global stage, both winners will also receive a trip for two to a game at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship along with a $50 Boston Pizza gift card, a Team Canada jersey, and their own painted mask autographed by Team Canada.

The contest closes November 7th, 2018. Head to your closest Boston Pizza to get your contest colouring sheet and submit your design to any participating Boston Pizza restaurant, email to bpdesign@hockeycanada.ca or mail to:

Attn: BP Design a Mask Contest
Hockey Canada
400 Kipling Ave
Toronto, ON
M8V 3L1

Visit https://bostonpizza.com/en/locations.html to find your local Boston Pizza.

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Sledge Hockey comes to Central Alberta!

RED DEER - The Paralympic Sports Association has started a new Sledge Hockey Program for Central Alberta. The program, operating in Red Deer, is available for participants of all ages looking to learn and improve their sledge hockey skills. The program will run out of the GH Dawe Arena on Fridays and the Kinex Arena on Sundays. Sleds and sticks are provided.

This program is open to all ages and abilities wanting to learn and play sledge hockey! Learn the basics and participate in drills and scrimmages. The program runs from October- March on Friday and Sunday evenings (please refer to schedule for exact dates- it is not a weekly program). The program will run out of the GH Dawe Arena on Fridays and the Kinex Arena on Sundays. Sleds and sticks are provided. Please bring your own protective equipment.

Who: Anyone!

Dates: October 5, 2018- March 15, 2019

Locations: GH Dawe Community Centre (56 Holt Street) | Kinex Arena (4309 48 Avenue)

Cost: Full Season- $180 | Drop In- $10

Cash will be accepted on site for drop in fees.

More Information >

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WHL Game Day Coach Series returns for 2018-19 season

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to once again partner with the Western Hockey League to bring the WHL Game Day Coach Series back for the 2018-19 season.

Hockey Alberta and the WHL invite you to join us for a game in a city near you, and have the opportunity to listen to both the home and visiting team coaches speak before and after the game. Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta’s Provincial Coach Mentor will also provide a Professional Development session for Coaches before each game on a variety of topics.

Each Game Day experience costs $45 and includes (a $200 value):

  • Sessions with members of both home and away team coaching staff
  • Ticket to the WHL game
  • Food/beverage voucher
  • Professional Development from Hockey Alberta
  • Hockey Alberta Resource Package
  • Hockey Alberta Gift

Register >


Dates & Locations

October 26 - Saskatoon Blades @ Red Deer Rebels
Topic: Tying Tactics to Structure

November 17 - Moose Jaw Warriors @ Lethbridge Hurricanes
Topic: The Canadian Way (*World Jr. Coaching Staff)

November 28 - Prince Albert Raiders @ Edmonton Oil Kings
Topic: Special Teams

December 7 - Swift Current Broncos @ Calgary Hitmen
Topic: Creating Team Chemistry

January 19 - Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Red Deer Rebels
Topic: Elite Player Habits

February 15 - Medicine Hat Tigers @ Calgary Hitmen
Topic: Special Teams

March 12 - Edmonton Oil Kings @ Red Deer Rebels
Topic: Player Evaluation/Player Development Plan


For more information, please contact Jesse Hale, Manager, Hockey Development at jhale@hockeyalberta.ca

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The ATB Centre in Lethbridge will be the host site of the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup. (Photo credit: City of Lethbridge)


Peewee Prospects Cup returning to Lethbridge

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup will take place in Lethbridge, May 8-12.

The 2017 edition of the tournament was played in Lethbridge as well. The 2019 event will be played at the ATB Centre.

"The 2017 Peewee Prospects Cup in Lethbridge could not have gone better, so we’re very excited to return in 2019," said Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta Male. "When the opportunity came about to host the tournament there again, we immediately jumped on it."

Coach applications are now being accepted for the Peewee Prospects Cup as well. The application deadline is November 9.

Peewee Prospects Cup Coach Application >

Regional camps for the Peewee Prospects Cup are set for April 12-14, locations TBD. Player registration for regional camps will open up in January.


About the Peewee Prospects Cup

The Peewee Prospects Cup runs every second year, alternating with the Alberta Winter Games.

The 2019 Peewee Prospects Cup features 2006-born male players, and begins with four regional camps in April, designed to allow athletes, coaches and trainers to show their skills and receive top-level instruction and evaluation. The top 40 athletes from each regional camp (two teams from each camp), six coaches, two coach mentors and two directors of operations will be selected to participate in the Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Cup competition.


If you have any questions about the Peewee Prospects Cup, please contact Dustin Moore, Coordinator, Team Alberta Male, at dmoore@hockeyalberta.ca

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Tom Renney on half-ice hockey in Alberta

RED DEER - Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney discusses the important of half-ice at the Intro to Hockey level, and the efforts being made in Alberta to ensure everyone’s first hockey experience is an enjoyable one.

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Alberta Cup coming to Red Deer

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the Alberta Cup will be hosted in the City of Red Deer in 2019 and 2020.

The new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is the host location for the event. The 2019 event will be held April 24-28.

“We are excited to host the Alberta Cup in our new home at Red Deer College," said Rob Litwinski, Hockey Alberta CEO. "Part of the vision we’ve had for this facility was the ability to host signature regional, provincial, national hockey events in this location, and the Alberta Cup is a major Provincial Event. We look forward to working with our Host Committee, the community and region, and partners like the WHL to make the Alberta Cup a great success in 2019 and 2020.”

The Alberta Cup is a significant step in the identification and evaluation process for Team Alberta’s U16 Male provincial team. It is also the final opportunity for Western Hockey League scouts to evaluate players eligible for the WHL bantam draft.

As part of a busy week of hockey, the WHL Awards and Bantam Draft will be held in Red Deer in the days following the Alberta Cup in both 2019 and 2020.

“As a longstanding partner of Hockey Alberta and a major supporter of the Alberta Cup, the WHL is delighted that this event will be held in Red Deer in 2019 and 2020,” said Ron Robison, WHL Commissioner . “With our WHL Awards and Bantam Draft also being held in conjunction with the Alberta Cup, it promises to be an exciting week for hockey enthusiasts of all ages in Red Deer.”

Regional Camps for the 2019 Alberta Cup are set for March 29-31, locations TBD. Registration for Regional Camps will open in January.

The Alberta Cup also provides coaches, therapists, equipment managers, administrators and officials the opportunity to be identified for potential positions at higher level events such as the Western Challenge, World U17 Hockey Challenge and Canada Winter Games. Alberta Cup Coach and Trainer applications will be open next week.

For more information on the Alberta Cup, go to hockeyalberta.ca or abcup.ca.

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Recognize an outstanding coach in your community!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting nominations for Coach of the Month for the 2018-19 minor hockey season!

Coaches are an integral part of minor hockey and their countless hours and dedication provide the opportunity for over 60,000 kids in Alberta to play hockey. Help us recognize a coach in your community by nominating him or her for the Hockey Alberta Coach of the Month!

Nominate a Coach of the Month ›

One coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package valued at over $350.

Get your nominations in early! Coaches not selected each month will be eligible until the end of the season.


For more information, contact Holly Kobzey, Coordinator, Hockey Development at hkobzey@hockeyalberta.ca

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Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp underway in Edmonton

EDMONTON - Twenty-eight female athletes from across the province hope to take a big step on the Road to Red Deer as the Team Alberta U18 Female Fall Camp goes this weekend in Edmonton.

The group of 28 is vying for a spot on Team Alberta’s 20 player roster for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta U18 Female Shortlist >

Fall camp consists of three exhibition games for the Team Alberta hopefuls; one against the St. Albert Bantam AAA Raiders, two against the University of Alberta Pandas. The full schedule can be found below:

Friday, September 28 vs St. Albert Bantam AAA - Go Auto Arena (St. Albert), 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 29 vs U of A Pandas - Clare Drake Arena, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 30 vs U of A Pandas - Clare Drake Arena, 2:00 p.m.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Welcome to the 2018-19 season!

WELCOME LETTER FROM CEO ROB LITWINSKI

Welcome to the start of a new hockey season! 2018-19 marks the 111th season of Hockey Alberta as the governing body of amateur hockey in this Province. Each of these years comes with the same new sense of excitement for all of us involved in the game. As the new season begins, we would like to outline important changes, including regulation and playing rule revisions. It also highlights initiatives and programs both new and continuing that Hockey Alberta offers to facilitate growth for our minor hockey associations, along with players, coaches, officials and parents.

As our organization continues to strive towards our vision of “Hockey For Life”, we owe gratitude to our volunteers for continuing to push our game forward. Each year hockey is driven by the countless volunteers giving back thousands of hours to the game across the Province for all ages and levels of hockey. Thank you to our stakeholders who help make each season successful. We are excited to work on our new initiatives this season and tackle the challenges in front of us. Our entire organization is excited to execute the following initiatives, which focus on key stakeholders in the game who help lead to the positive hockey experience we want everyone to have.

  • To create new opportunities, and continue the existing ones within our Alberta Coach Development plan. A plan that is implemented province wide to improve leadership and educational opportunities for Alberta coaches
  • To continue the alignment of Alberta’s Officiating Model
  • To advance our Alberta ONE hockey system alignment model to provide consistent operations in leagues and associations; and the review of Provincial Championship format
  • To launch the Parent Engagement Strategy, which will include resources to assist us to be better sport parents
  • To further the Member Standards Model which is a dedicated program to help guide, serve and develop all aspects of our members
  • To continue, in partnership with the Hockey Alberta Foundation, finding new ways to add resources to growing the game and finding ways to enhance the opportunities for more Albertans to experience hockey and stay in the game

This season also marks two unique events for Hockey Alberta. We enter the first season in our new home inside the beautiful Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre located in Red Deer College. We are very excited for the opportunities this facility brings for Hockey Alberta. This season will also see Alberta, and host city Red Deer, welcome the nation as host of the Canada Winter Games. This is the first time since 1995 it has been hosted in our province.

I would like to personally extend well wishes to everyone across Alberta and hope that you all have a memorable hockey experience as we enter another season. We look forward to being with you every step of the way.

Yours in hockey,
Rob Litwinski, CEO


REGULATION AMENDMENTS

Hockey Alberta has implemented a number of regulation amendments for the 2018-19 season for the following areas:

  • Intro to Hockey
  • Minor Hockey
  • Junior & Senior Hockey
  • Sports Schools
  • Sledge Hockey
  • AA Hockey
  • Female Hockey ADM
  • Male Hockey ADM

To learn more about these amendments, please click here.


COACHING CLINICS

Hockey Alberta offers a variety of Coach Clinics targeted to the age and level of athletes coaches are leading. View Clinics >

MHAs and Club Teams must ensure that all teams and/or groups meet the requirements outlined by Hockey Alberta before November 15. Any team/group that does not meet the requirements outlined within the Hockey Alberta Regulations is not eligible to participate in sanctioned hockey games. Coach Requirements >


OFFICIATING

Fall is an important time of year for Officials in Alberta. Clinic season is in full swing and Hockey Alberta offers a number of officiating clinics throughout the province. For a listing of these clinics, please visit Hockey Canada’s EHOCKEY website.

*Please note that Hockey Canada has made rule changes for the 2018 season forward to improve the game for all participants. More Information >

Structure Changes > I 2018-2020 Hockey Canada Rulebook >


INTRO TO HOCKEY

Hockey Alberta’s Intro to Hockey Model, for all players aged 5-8 years, will be in effect for the 2019-20 season. It replaces previous models and programming at the Novice and Initiation levels. However, Minor Hockey Associations can opt to make the switch, or undertake a transition process, during the 2018-19 season. More Information >


FEMALE HOCKEY DAY

Mark your calendars! December 15 will mark the inaugural Female Hockey Day. Hosted in Red Deer, the day will feature on and off-ice development sessions for players, coaches, and officials all to celebrate female hockey! More details will be released shortly, but to help us celebrate, the Calgary Inferno will be facing off against the Toronto Furies at 7:00 p.m. in CWHL action! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join! We hope you can help us circle the date on the calendar and plan on being in Red Deer to show the hockey World #WhyWePlay!


WE HAVE MOVED


Photo credit: Red Deer College

Hockey Alberta has completed the transition to our new home in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College. While our phone numbers remain the same, the mailing address/directions to our office are now different. More Information/How to reach us >


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Sledge season kicks off in Calgary

RED DEER - September 15 & 16 marked the start of the 2018-2019 Sledge Hockey season with an enthusiastic group of players and coaches conjugating in Calgary for a weekend filled with sledge specific programs and events.

A Coach 2 - Coach Level clinic saw 13 coaches deepen their knowledge of the game while 22 players took part in a Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp that included a one hour skill session and two game play sessions.

The clinic and development camp were both run by Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm, and included guest coaches Monica Sparling, Steph Leslie and Geneva Coulter.

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AFHL releases 2018-19 schedule

RED DEER - The inaugural Midget AAA Showcase Weekend highlights the 2018-19 Alberta Female Hockey League schedule, which is set to kick off on Friday, October 5.

The 2018-19 AFHL schedule features a total of 400 games - 90 in Midget AAA, and 155 each in the Midget Elite and Bantam Elite leagues.

As the AFHL enters its third season, the Midget AAA league will kick off the year with a regular season tournament for the first time.

All six Midget AAA teams will take part in the Showcase Weekend in Edmonton on October 5-7 at the Clare Drake Arena.

The Midget Elite league will also take part in a Showcase Weekend in Leduc, February 2-3, featuring all 12 teams.

While the Midget AAA season kicks off on October 5, the Midget Elite season gets underway on October 19, with the Bantam Elite season beginning on October 20.

Midget AAA Schedule > | Midget Elite Schedule > | Bantam Elite Schedule >

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Respect in Sport information

The Respect in Sport program is an online certification program designed to protect our youth as well as enhance Hockey Alberta’s mandate of providing a safe and fun environment for all of our participants. Respect in Sport is Canada’s leading online bullying, abuse, harassment, and negligence prevention program for parents, coaches, and community leaders.

Before a child steps onto the ice, Hockey Alberta requires at least one parent complete the RIS program. After completing the program, the parent will receive an RIS number. The parent must provide this RIS number to the team coach or manager before the first practice date. If a parent registers more than one child for hockey, all children must be registered with that RIS number.

Hockey Alberta also requires Parents and Coaches/Team Officials to recertify their Respect in Sport every four seasons.

To help with the process, an RIS FAQ has been compiled and can be found on the Hockey Alberta website. If you need help accessing your account, you MUST contact the Respect Group Helpdesk by phone: 1-866-945-9906 or Email rgihelp@respectgroupinc.com

Respect In Sport > | Respect In Sport FAQ >

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Intro to Hockey – Babcock is a believer

A two-time Olympic gold medallist and the only coach to earn membership in the IIHF Triple Gold Club, Mike Babcock is a strong proponent of half-ice hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach talks about the importance of the added puck touches, the need for games on the smaller ice to advance skills, and the challenges of embracing change and reinventing the game at the grassroots to maximize development.


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From left: 2018 AHHF honoured members Ron MacLean, Val Gill (1990 Team Alberta Female), Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Mike Vernon, and Scott Hartnell (1999 Team Alberta Male)


AHHF nominations now open

RED DEER – Who will comprise the 2019 induction class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF)?

Is there a member of the Alberta hockey community who should join the AHHF, alongside the members of the 2018 Induction Class – Grant Fuhr, Mike Vernon, Ron Maclean, Wally Kozak, 1991 Team Alberta Female and 1999 Team Alberta Male (Canada Winter Games champions).

Nominations are now open for the 2019 AHHF Induction Class. A maximum of seven inductees will be recognized, including up to six individuals and/or two teams or groups. Nominations are sought from members of the public to recognize:

  • individuals who have made a significant contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta through regional, national, or international accomplishments, or for their contributions to the growth and development of the game in Alberta.
  • groups or teams who achieved a significant result at a National or International level or impacted on a provincial level under exceptional circumstances.

Nomination Forms >

At minimum, a nominee must have:

  • Made a significant impact to hockey during their time as an Alberta resident, having resided in Alberta for at least five years
  • Exceptional service or contribution to the game of hockey in Alberta or at a national or international level
  • Achieved significant personal, team and or professional accomplishment in the game
  • Made an impact in the game beyond a local or regional level
  • Received significant other recognition (i.e. inducted into the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, won a national or international medal or championship, major individual award)

For the 2019 inductions, the nomination period has changed. Nominations are now being accepted until the closing date of November 30. Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms found on the new Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame website (ahhf.ca).

The 2019 AHHF Induction Class will be announced early in the new year, with the inductees recognized at the annual special gala event held in Canmore in late July.

For more information on the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, including biographies of all Honoured Members, check out the new AHHF website.

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Hockey Alberta Sledge Player Development Camp coming to Calgary

Hockey Alberta is kicking off the 2018-19 season with a two-day Sledge Hockey Player Development Camp at WinSport in Calgary on September 15 & 16. Designed to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels, this camp will feature a unique combination of on-ice skill development and game-play sessions for new and returning sledge hockey players.

The camp will be led by the Canada’s Women’s National Para-Ice Hockey team Head Coach, Tara Chisholm. With a Masters in Adapted Physical Activity, Tara is a part-time Kinesiology instructor at Medicine Hat College and is very passionate about teaching and truly understanding what skills are required in sledge hockey while at the same time making sure the players are having fun!

Players attending this camp will receive:

  • 1 on-ice skill development session
  • 2 on-ice game-play sessions
  • Lunch on Sunday
  • Hockey Alberta jersey
  • Participant gift

Cost: $69 per player

Location: WinSport - 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary

Schedule: A full schedule will be emailed to registered players one (1) week prior to camp.

  • Registration check-in will take place on Saturday, September 15 starting at 3:30 PM with the on-ice skill development session to follow, wrapping up around 7:30 PM.
  • Game play sessions will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 15.

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Nominations open for Board of Directors

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is seeking qualified candidates to fill three Director at Large vacancies on its Board of Directors.

Candidates interested in serving as a Director should have a passion for the sport of hockey. Previous experience on a not-for-profit board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective are preferred. An ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation or equivalent training or experience working with a Board would be considered an asset. Experience and understanding of the workings of a Provincial Sport Organization is an asset, as is expertise in Human Resources, Marketing, Public Relations or Lobbying.

  • Directors serve three-year terms on the Board. The Board meets in person six times annually in Red Deer, holds a monthly conference call and attends various events throughout the year.

Nominations are being accepted until September 10, and all candidates must be nominated by a Member of Hockey Alberta (membership is defined in Article 2 of the Bylaws of Hockey Alberta). More information can be found below:

Board Recruitment Notice > | Board Policies >

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We have moved!

Hockey Alberta has completed the transition to our new home in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer College.

Here is the important information you need to know if you are trying to reach us:

Sending by Canada Post:

Hockey Alberta
100 College Boulevard, Box 5005
Red Deer, AB
T4N 5H5

Visiting Us in Person:

Hockey Alberta
Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
120 College Circle
Suite 201

Phone and Email:

Phone: 403-342-6777

Email Hockey Alberta: info@hockeyalberta.ca
Email Hockey Alberta Foundation: foundation@hockeyalberta.ca

Office Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Weekends and Statutory Holidays

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Focusing on Development for coaches, officials and players

RED DEER - As the Hlinka Gretzky Cup continues in Edmonton this weekend, Hockey Alberta is offering numerous events to promote player, coach and official development, in conjunction with the Centre ICE Summit.

The weekend kicks off with the Alberta Built Coach Seminar, which runs all day Friday and Saturday at MacEwan University. The seminar is a rare opportunity for more than 100 Alberta coaches to participate in presentations from top level coaches, and internationally-renowned experts in the fields of coaching and player development. The list of presenters includes: Todd McLellan and Glen Gulutzan (Edmonton Oilers); Paul Dennis (University of Toronto); John Dunn (University of Alberta); Dr. Stephen Norris (iMobius Ingenuity Inc); Richard Monette (Active for Life); and panel discussions, including an IIHF panel with guest speakers from Slovakia, Germany and Switzerland.

Friday afternoon and evening features a special development opportunity for Hockey Alberta officials. The event features a 90-minute on-ice session led by Dave Smith, the NHL Officials Director of Fitness. Also included is a 60-minute classroom session with presentations from Hockey Alberta, the WHL, and other guest presenters.

On Saturday and Sunday, player development will take centre stage as Hockey Alberta, in partnership with the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), will host the first ever Summer ICE Jamboree for novice players. The event, open to any players born in 2010 and 2011, will be structured according to Hockey Alberta’s new Intro to Hockey model which focuses on long-term player development by utilizing smaller ice surfaces to enhance skating, passing, shooting and overall touches of the puck. Games will be ongoing throughout the weekend at the Downtown Community Arena.

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New registration/clinic process for on-ice officials

RED DEER – Hockey officials in Alberta will find a few changes in the registration and clinic process as they prepare for the 2018-19 season.

As part of a larger restructuring at the provincial and regional levels, Hockey Alberta is implementing a fully online registration and payment process for clinics that also requires ALL adult officials (19 years and older) to have a current Criminal Record Check (CRC) on file as a prerequisite to being allowed to register for a clinic.

Adult officials must complete a CRC every three seasons, as per Hockey Alberta’s policy. The CRC requirement has been in place for three seasons; therefore, officials who completed a CRC in that initial season will need to complete the CRC process again this year.

CRCs are accepted only through the online platform of Sterling Talent Solutions. Once received by Hockey Alberta, it may take up to a week for HCR to be updated; therefore, officials are advised to complete the CRC process as soon as possible.

HOW TO COMPLETE A CRC AND FAQ >

Clinic listings and registration links go live on the Hockey Alberta website on August. The deadline to register for a clinic is 10 days prior to the clinic date, to allow for materials to be shipped to instructors. Registration and payment for a clinic must be done online, with payment only accepted via Mastercard or Visa (no debit or prepaid credit cards allowed).

HOW TO REGISTER FOR A CLINIC >

For new officials, the requirement to complete Hockey University (HU – ONLINE OFFICIATING 1/2) prior to attending a clinic remains in place. This will require a new official to set up an eHockey account if the individual does not already have one.

HOW TO CREATE AN EHOCKEY ACCOUNT >

The changes to the registration and clinic process are components of the new operational structure for the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee, and the six Officials Regions effective for the 2018-19 season. The new Officials Committee includes:

  • Chair – Craig DeCoursey
  • Data Coordinator – Dave Butler
  • Supervision Coordinator – Dave Ganley
  • Match Penalty Coordinator – Kumail Moledina
  • Male Development Coordinator – TBD
  • Female Development Coordinator – Carrie Keller
  • Leadership Coordinator – Chris Bruce
  • Peace Region Coordinator – CJ Senkow
  • North East Region Coordinator – Rob Larson
  • North Region Coordinator – Stefan Brown
  • North Central Region Coordinator – Darren Kuz
  • Central Region Coordinator – Lance McKinnon
  • South Region Coordinator – David Shaw

“The new structure of the Officiating Committee will better support a broader and more provincial perspective where it comes to officiating in Alberta,” said Craig DeCoursey, Chair of the committee. “The committee remains largely unchanged from the previous season, allowing us to retain the vast experience and knowledge of the team members, and at the same time promotes a nimble decision-making process that will provide a new level of support for associations, teams and leagues. I’m excited to lead the group in the coming years and be a part of a new beginning for officiating in Alberta.”

Included in the changes is the addition of Curtis Nichols as the new Manager of Officials, based in the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer.

For any questions pertaining to the new registration and clinic process, or regarding Criminal Record Checks, please contact Curtis Nichols, Manager, Officiating (Registration/Clinics), or Mike Klass, Director, Business Operations (Criminal Record Checks).

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Team Alberta U18 Female shortlist announced

RED DEER - Twenty-eight female hockey players from across Alberta are moving forward on the Road to Red Deer.

Team Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the squad that will participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The shortlist includes three goaltenders, nine defence, and 16 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play at the Team Alberta U18 spring camp in May, and at the Provincial Camp in Camrose, July 10-15. Forty-six players were invited to Camrose from the spring camp, and worked through high-intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“These 28 athletes have worked hard to get this point,” said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager, Female Hockey. “We look forward to seeing what they bring to the table at Fall Camp as they make the final push for a spot to represent their province on home ice in February.”

Team staff includes: Carla MacLeod (head coach), Cassea Schols and Craig Perrett (assistant coaches), Amanda Tapp (goalie coach), Ally Bendfeld (video coach), Doug MacLeod (head scout), Farah Mukadam (athletic therapist), Amanda Bergen Henengouwen (equipment manager), and Heather Osgood (strength and conditioning).

The shortlisted players will attend a fall camp in Edmonton in September, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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AHHF Class of 2018 inducted in Canmore

CANMORE - Four outstanding individuals, and and two Canada Winter Games gold medal-winning teams comprise the 2018 Induction Class for the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame (AHHF).

Grant Fuhr, Wally Kozak, Ron MacLean, Mike Vernon, and 1991 Team Alberta U18 Female and 1999 Team Alberta U16 Male were enshrined in Alberta’s hockey history on Sunday night at the AHHF Awards Gala, held at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.


Grant Fuhr was one of the National Hockey League’s greatest goaltenders, playing on five Stanley Cup champion teams over a 20-year career (1981-2000) and earning induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 in his first year of eligibility. The Spruce Grove native is best known for his 10 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers (1981-91).

In his speech, Fuhr said thank you to some of the people who made his Hall of Fame career possible, including: Spruce Grove Minor Hockey and the parents and volunteers who made playing hockey possible; the Oilers and Glen Sather, who took a chance on a kid who was a little rough around the edges; and the Calgary Flames for allowing him to finish his career in Alberta.

Full bio >


Wally Kozak is known as one of the best technical hockey coaches in the world. A career coach and past Head Scout and manager of Player Development for Team Canada Women’s Team, he has been an instrumental part of developing female hockey in Canada thanks to more than four decades of involvement at all levels of the sport.

Kozak acknowledged four significant individuals from Alberta who pioneered coaching development programs in Canada - Dale Henwood, Clare Drake, Dr. George Kingston and Dave King. He also talked about his one year with Father David Bauer’s national team, and the influence Father Bauer had on the type of coach that Kozak would become.

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Ron MacLean has interviewed the greatest players, coaches and personalities, and his extensive knowledge and passion for the game of hockey, combined with three decades of hosting Hockey Night in Canada, has made him one of the country’s most famous and beloved broadcasters.

For MacLean, this was a weekend full of memories, as he also attended his 40th anniversary high school reunion. He had memories about each of the other members of the 2018 induction class, including recalling the best save he saw from Grant Fuhr, during an exhibition tour in Norway, and Mike Vernon’s performance in an exhibition game in the 1985-86 season against Moscow Dynamo.

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Mike Vernon is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and a Memorial Cup winner, who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League with four teams. Mike hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames, and then again in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings.

In his speech, Vernon recalled how he used to attend camps coached by Wally Kozak, and how he and Fuhr squared off not just in the NHL, but also in the junior ranks. He extended thanks to his minor hockey coaches and teammates throughout the years; talked about how coach Bob Johnson made the game fun; and acknowledged the key roles played in his career by goaltending greats such as Glenn Hall, Dan Bouchard, Rejean Lemelin and Rick Wamsley.

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The 1991 Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown, PEI marked the first year for female hockey in the Canada Winter Games, and it was a record-setting performance for the players who were selected for the inaugural Team Alberta Female Hockey squad. First and foremost, the team won the gold medal, defeating British Columbia, 2-1, in the championship final.

Loretta Normandeau, one of the team’s assistant coaches, recalled the challenge was finding players to invite to the tryout camp. But the players who comprised the team were truly trailblazers who have helped female hockey expand from the 120 players who attended that first provincial development camp in Lacombe to the more than 8,000 registered in 2017-18 in Alberta.

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The 1999 Canada Winter Games marked a significant year for Newfoundland and Labrador. Not only was the province celebrating its 50th anniversary of Confederation with Canada, but it was also the first time the province had ever hosted a Canada Winter Games. For the members of the Team Alberta Male Hockey squad, they helped the host province celebrate by going undefeated to win Alberta’s third gold medal in male hockey in Canada Games competition.

Ben Kilgour recalled how the team was a unique mix of players from different levels of hockey who had played against each other their whole careers but came together as a team for the Games. Then, a fortunate puck bounce in overtime, “and (Scott) Hartnell sends us here today. It happens that quick.” Kilgour thanked all the parents for the time and travel; the minor hockey programs, coaches, managers and volunteers; junior programs that allowed their players to attend the Games; and Hockey Alberta for setting the professional hockey atmosphere and giving them the chance to know the thrill of victory.

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The evening concluded with a hot stove discussion hosted by Maclean. Fellow iInductees Fuhr, Vernon, Kozak, Hartnell and Val Gill from the 1991 Team Alberta Female squad reflected on some of the key moments of their careers and about hockey in general.


Sunday’s AHHF Gala kicked off in the afternoon with a VIP reception for the 2018 inductees, and included dinner and the awards presentation. The 20187 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala is presented by Hockey Alberta, the Hockey Alberta Foundation, and ATB Investor Services.

The 2018 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame Awards Gala runs in conjunction with the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, a key fundraiser for the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program.

The 13th annual Golf Classic also takes place in Canmore, beginning Monday evening with a special reception for all participants, as well the celebrity golfers. The tournament goes Tuesday at the Stewart Creek Golf Club. Celebrity golfers include Grant Fuhr, Jordan Eberle, Mark Giordano, Mel Davidson, Rob Brown, Curtis Glencross, 2018 World Junior gold medalists Dillon Dube and Cale Makar, and many more. For the 12th consecutive year, ATB Investor Services is the presenting sponsor of the Golf Classic.

In addition to the Golf Classic, Stewart Creek will also host the first half of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s annual Rinks to Links program on Tuesday morning, where 30 first-time hockey players will take part in a golf lesson. From there, the participants will head to the Banff Arena to be outfitted head-to-toe with new equipment, and take to the ice for the very first time.


The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time. Funding through Every Kid Every Community is available to assist amateur sports organizations, minor hockey organizations, youth groups, recreation groups, or any community group with an idea, project or program that helps establish an event or program to get local children active in hockey.

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Hockey Alberta Female Skills Camps coming to Calgary & Red Deer

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is bringing a Female Skills Development Camp to Calgary and Red Deer this August.

These camps will focus specifically on female hockey players and providing the skills/development needed for unlocking athlete potential. The camps feature multiple on-ice skill development as well as multiple off-ice multi-sport sessions.

Some of the top female hockey and skills coaches in the area will comprise the on-ice staff. This group of instructors are very passionate about teaching and truly understand what skills are required at the next levels, while at the same time making sure the kids have lots of fun!


Calgary

Open to: 2006-2011 born female athletes
Cost: $250
Dates: August 10-12
Arena: Cardel Rec Centre, South

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Red Deer

Open to: 2006-2009 born female athletes
Cost: $158
Dates: August 25-26
Arena: Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

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Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist announced

RED DEER - Thirty-five athletes from Alberta have taken the next step on the Road to Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta has announced its shortlist roster for the Team Alberta U16 Male squad that will participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The shortlist includes five goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 20 forwards.

Team Alberta U16 Male Shortlist Roster >

Players were selected to the shortlist based on their overall play throughout the Team Alberta scouting process, past Team Alberta programs, and at the U16 Summer Camp in Camrose, July 3-8. Eighty players were invited to Camrose, and worked through high intensity on-ice sessions, as well as off-ice training and classroom sessions.

“This year’s Summer Camp in Camrose showcased just how many talented athletes we have in Alberta,” said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. “Now, as we move towards the Canada Winter Games, these 35 players are now one step closer to representing their home province in Red Deer.”

The shortlisted players will be scouted with their club teams in the fall, prior to final decisions on the 20 players selected to the Team Alberta roster. The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Hockey Alberta Summer Super Skills Camps coming to Calgary, Grande Prairie & Red Deer

Registration is now open for the Hockey Alberta Super Skills Development Camps taking place in Calgary, Grande Prairie and Red Deer this August.

The Hockey Alberta Super Skills Development Camp focuses on individual skill development on and off the ice.

On-ice sessions include drills in conjunction with Power Edge Pro, power skating, shooting specific techniques, position specific skills and small area games. Off-ice sessions work on agility, balance and coordination and incorporate other sports, to foster overall athleticism within the Long Term Player Development model. These off-ice sessions may include activities such as golf, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and more.

Cost: $499

Open to: 2006-2011 born athletes

This camp includes:

  • 5 consecutive days of activities (players are supervised 8:30-4:30 each day)
  • 10 on-ice sessions (2 daily)
  • 15 off-ice sessions (3 daily)
  • Hockey Alberta practice jersey, t-shirt and shorts

Grande Prairie

August 13-17, Coca Cola Centre

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Calgary

August 20-24, Vivo Arena

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Red Deer

August 27-31, Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

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** Special Note: A Three day option is available for parents for this camp only

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Summer Development Camps kick off in Camrose

CAMROSE – Hockey Alberta’s summer provincial development and evaluation camps begin this week in Camrose and run throughout the month of July.

Some of Alberta’s best hockey talent will be on display at these camps, with more than 200 athletes take part in a variety of on-ice and off-ice development opportunities. All camps are open to the public and take place at the Border Paving Arena at the Camrose Recreation Centre.


U16 Female Summer Camp, June 28 – July 1

The U16 Female Provincial Camp is the second stage of development and identification process that feeds into the Team Alberta U18 Female program. The top 60 players participate in on and off-ice training and classroom sessions, and compete in game environments.


U16 Male Provincial Camp, July 3-8

The U16 Male Provincial Camp features the top 80 U16 athletes identified by Hockey Alberta working out in off-ice sessions, as well as on-ice games and practices. From Provincial Camp, a short list will be created, and players scouted with their club teams until the 20-player Team Alberta roster is named for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


Officials Development Camp, July 3-8

The Officials Development Camp runs in conjunction with the U16 Male summer camp, as officials work provincial camp games and receive mentoring and evaluation. This is third stage of development for officials, starting with Alberta Cup zone camps, and progressing to the Alberta Cup competition.


Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp, July 10-15

The top 46 U18 female hockey players, selected from a spring camp held in Spruce Grove, take part in a variety of games and practices. After the summer camp, players are shortlisted to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. From there, the final 20-player Team Alberta roster will be selected for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.


AJHL Development Camp, July 17-22

Selected athletes receive both on and off-ice development directed by AJHL/Hockey Alberta staff, and facilitated by the High Performance I Coaching Seminar delegates. The on-ice program will consist of both practice and game sessions, and the off-ice portion will cover athleticism, mental skills and team building as well as the technical and tactical skills required to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

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George Hughes: 1924-2018

RED DEER - George Hughes, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Tuesday, June 5 at the age of 93.

George had a long history of involvement in and service to the sport hockey - as a player, coach, manager, referee, executive and builder starting in 1938. George’s playing career included being a member of the University of Alberta hockey team, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.

Professionally, George’s involvement in hockey continued in the 1970s when, as a City of Edmonton Commissioner, he was instrumental in building eight new arenas in 1973 and in the development of Northlands Coliseum in 1974. He later joined Edmonton Northlands as general manager, overseeing the Coliseum, Agricom and Trade Centre.

In 1981, George arranged a $140,000 donation by Edmonton Northlands to Hockey Alberta as part of the Canada Cup Series, enabling Hockey Alberta to start a scholarship program and acquire a permanent office. The donation also served as core funding for a Hockey Foundation.

Amongst more than 40 recognition awards, George was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, awarded a Hockey Alberta Life Membership in 1983, and inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Canada. In 2008 the City of Edmonton honoured George by naming the George S. Hughes South Side Arena after him.

A celebration of the life of George Hughes will be held on Friday, June 15, 1 p.m., at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home – Edmonton South, 4820 Meridian Street, Edmonton). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sport Central, of which George was a founding member.

Edmonton Journal Notice – George Hughes >

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Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Forty-six female hockey players are now one step closer to skating for Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Hockey Alberta has extended invitations to 46 athletes born in 2001-2003 to compete at Team Alberta’s U18 Female Summer Development Camp, which runs July 10-15 in Camrose. The list includes six goalies, 16 defense, and 24 forwards.

Team Alberta U18 Female Summer Camp Invites >

"We’re excited for these 46 athletes to take the next step on the Road to Red Deer," said Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey. "This is a very talented group of individuals, and we look forward to seeing what they bring to Summer Camp in Camrose."

The 46 athletes were selected from 88 who attended the spring selection camp in Spruce Grove, which included fitness testing, mental skills preparations, on and off- ice skills sessions, and several games.

From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players invited to another selection camp in the fall. Team Alberta will compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Registration now open for 2018-19 First Shift programs

Do you have a child aged 6-10 that is ready to fall in love with hockey? Registration is now open for the 2018-19 Canadian Tire First Shift program.

The First Shift is a truly unique experience designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills. Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment.

The First Shift will be offered in 12 locations throughout Alberta in the fall, and three in the winter:

Fall Programs:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie
  • Lamont
  • Leduc
  • Lethbridge
  • Onoway
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer*
  • Rocky Mountain House
  • Strathcona
  • Westlock

Winter Programs:

  • Airdrie
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton

*The First Shift Program in Red Deer will be hosted by Hockey Alberta.

To register for a First Shift program near you, click here.

The First Shift’s mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community and enroll their kids in our sport. Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, we designed The First Shift to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

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OEG Launches Summer ICE Jamboree Novice Hockey Event

EDMONTON - Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), in partnership with Hockey Alberta, announced today a new Novice hockey event taking place August 11-12, 2018 at the Downtown Community Arena.

In conjunction with the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and Centre ICE Summit, the Summer ICE Jamboree will bring Novice hockey players from across Alberta together to be immersed in the excitement of international hockey and the thrill of learning and playing alongside new teammates. Players will register individually and be placed on teams which will represent each of the eight nations competing in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup - Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Summer ICE Jamboree joins other existing Edmonton Oilers hockey programming including Oilers Hockey Institute, Oilers Hockey School, Oilers Hockey Clinic and Lil’ Oilers.

“Oilers Entertainment Group is proud to partner with Hockey Alberta and support the growth of grassroots hockey in our province,” said Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson.” Growing the game from the bottom up has a very positive effect on our National teams, including Team Canada which will be competing at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup this summer.”

Participation in the fun-filled weekend will include five half-ice games and a complimentary ticket to the Hlinka Gretzky Cup gold medal game on Saturday, August 11. Registration is open to any players born in 2010 and 2011. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and the deadline to register is Friday, July 27.

The event will be structured according to Hockey Alberta’s new Intro to Hockey model which focuses on long-term player development by utilizing smaller ice surfaces to enhance skating, passing, shooting and overall touches of the puck.

“Hockey Alberta is excited to partner with OEG and utilize this high-profile event to showcase our Intro to Hockey model. We believe the Jamboree will be an enjoyable experience for players and a great opportunity for Hockey Alberta to continue the education process for parents about Intro to Hockey,” said Rob Litwinski, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Alberta.

Coaching opportunities will also be available at the Summer ICE Jamboree. Interested coaches can apply at SummerIceJamboree.com. Hockey Alberta staff will be on-site to provide coaches with support in facilitating the new Intro to Hockey format. There will also be drop-in information sessions for parents and the public to attend to learn more about this new approach to Novice hockey. For more information regarding the Intro to Hockey Model, please visit www.hockeyalberta.ca/players/intro-hockey.

For more information or to register, please visit SummerIceJamboree.com. Please email info@summericejamboree.com with any questions or concerns.

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Hockey Alberta Awards nomination deadline approaching

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta recognizes the amazing work done by groups and individuals in the game of hockey every year through the Hockey Alberta Awards Program.

But we need your help! All members of the hockey community in Alberta are encouraged to submit a nomination for a deserving individual or association.

The awards program has been restructured this year, and there are six awards open for nominations:

  • Volunteer of the Year: a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season
  • Coach of the Year: a coach who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Player of the Year: a player who has achieved significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Official of the Year: an official who has made an outstanding contribution to amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Team of the Year: a team that had significant achievements, performances and contributions within amateur hockey during the current season.
  • Order of Merit: recognizing exceptional leadership and distinguished service to amateur hockey in Alberta for ten (10) years or more. Awards may be presented in the categories of Administration, Coaching/ Development, and Officiating.

For more details on each category, check out:

Awards Nomination & Information Package >

The deadline to nominate a group or individual for a Hockey Alberta Award is May 31.

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Team Alberta U18 Spring Camp kicks off in Spruce Grove

SPRUCE GROVE - Another step on the Road to Red Deer is underway as the 2018 Team Alberta U18 Female Spring Selection Camp kicks off in Spruce Grove.

Eighty-eight of the top 2001, 2002 and 2003-born female hockey players in Alberta will take to the ice this weekend as part the next step in the selection process for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Players are invited to the camp based on previous Team Alberta programs, as well as scouting of players through their Midget club teams. The camp is a four-day test of fitness, skill and mental preparedness.

The 2018 Spring Selection Camp runs through to Sunday at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove.

Spring Camp Rosters > | Schedule >

From the Spring Selection Camp, 46 athletes are invited to attend the week-long Team Alberta Program U18 Provincial Summer Selection Camp in July. Players participate in high intensity on and off-ice training as well as classroom sessions and fitness testing.

The 2018 Summer Selection Camp will be held July 10-15 in Camrose.

After the provincial camp, a shortlist of players are identified to continue through a fall training camp and scouting process. The fall camp will include on and off-ice sessions, and some exhibition games. From there, the Team Alberta coaching staff announce the final 20-player roster.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games are set for February 15 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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Nearly 50 AFHL graduates commit to Post-Secondary schools

RED DEER - Close to 50 graduating Midget players from the Alberta Female Hockey League will be suiting up for post-secondary teams this fall.

In the AFHL’s second season, the number of graduating players has nearly doubled, after more than 20 graduating players were committed to post-secondary heading into the 2017-18 season.

The Alberta Female Hockey League is please to announce the following commitments for the 2018-19 season:

AFHL Program Name Post-Secondary Team
Calgary Fire Red Elite Karys Woodward SAIT
Calgary AAA Katie Crowther University of Regina
Calgary AAA Brooke Dennett University of Calgary
Calgary AAA Mary Hirsch Red Deer College
Calgary AAA Nicole Johnson Finlandia University Not finalized)
Calgary AAA Emily Johnston St. Francis Xavier University (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Kalaina Kozak University of Alberta (Tryout)
Calgary AAA Mackenzie Lausberg University of Lethbridge
Calgary AAA Holly Techlenburg Mount Royal University
Edmonton AAA Bronwyn Bjarnason Minot State
Edmonton AAA Alexis Bruce Olds College
Edmonton AAA Bree Edwards Olds College
Edmonton AAA Clarissa Lewis Minot State
Edmonton AAA Rebecca Roszell NAIT
Lloydminster AAA Chelsea Debusschere University of Saskatchewan
Lloydminster AAA Reece Laumbach University of New Brunswick
Lloydminster AAA Alex Thomson Grant MacEwan University
Lloydminster AAA Jaydon Thorpe Mount Royal University
PCFAC Storm Elite Shauna Johnson Olds College
Red Deer AAA Shae Demale Saint Mary’s University
Red Deer AAA Paige Grenier University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Jenna Himer University of New Brunswick
Red Deer AAA Hannah MacDonald St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Cassidy Maplethorpe Brock University
Red Deer AAA Kaley Mueller SAIT
Red Deer AAA Brandy Steinman NAIT
Red Deer AAA Emma Thomas St. Francis Xavier University
Red Deer AAA Alayna Wagstaff University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Emma Borbandy University of New Brunswick
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kennedy Brown University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Meagan Dyer University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA NIcole Fry University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Stephanie Gross University of Lethbridge
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Laura Jardin McGill University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Kara Kondrat University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Mary MacDonald Saint Mary’s University
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Isabella Pozzi University of Saskatchewan
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Chloe Puddifant Dartmouth College
Rocky Mountain Raiders AAA Breanne Trotter Mount Royal University
Sherwood Park Elite Katrina Robinson Adrian College
Sherwood Park Elite Rayel Strayer Lindenwood University
St. Albert AAA Mackenzie Butz Mount Royal University
St. Albert AAA Jayme Doyle Grant MacEwan University
St. Albert AAA Camryn Drever University of Saskatchewan
St. Albert AAA Mckenzie Hewett University of Minnesota Duluth
St. Albert AAA Caleigh Meraw Saint Mary’s University
St. Albert AAA Tyra Meropoulis St. Francis Xavier University

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Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp invites announced

RED DEER - Eighty male athletes from across Alberta have been invited to take the next step on the Road to Red Deer.

Invitations have been extended to the players to attend the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Camp July 3-8 in Camrose, which is the next step in the selection process for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

U16 Male Summer Camp Invites >

"Our team staff did a fantastic job identifying the 80 players who will move on," said Mike Kraichy, Manager of Team Alberta. "It’s never an easy task, considering the depth of talent we have in Alberta, but we’re confident we have the right mix of players as we move along the Road to Red Deer."

The male list includes eight goalies, 24 defence, and 48 forwards. The selection process is based on the Team Alberta scouting process throughout the 2017-18 season, as well as the 2018 Alberta Cup in Spruce Grove in April. From the camp in Camrose, a shortlist will be established, with those players scouted with their club teams until the 20 players who will comprise the roster for Team Alberta are named.

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Viking Projects named 2019 Allan Cup title sponsor

RED DEER – The Lacombe Generals have announced Viking Projects as title sponsor for the 2019 Allan Cup.

In January, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada announced Lacombe as the host site for the annual Senior AAA national championship.

“We think it’s a great marriage, we are so excited to move forward from here to work towards giving the best Allan Cup we’ve ever seen,” said Steve Christie, Host Committee Chair.

Viking Projects is a pipeline, facility, fabrication, and construction company based in Alberta and Saskatchewan, with a main branch in Lacombe.

“We are looking forward to coming on board with the Generals and the Allan Cup, and really trying to drive our community and showcase to Canada how passionate we are about this community, and about the organizations within,” said Rob Wilson, Partner of Viking Projects Ltd. “For us it was an easy decision, and we look forward to getting behind it.”

The Generals previously hosted the Allan Cup in Red Deer in 2013, defeating the Clarenville Caribous in the final.

“The Allan Cup is history. Lacombe is known for its history as well, and we want to showcase the history of hockey,” said Jeff McInnis, General Manager of the Generals.

The event will be hosted at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, April 8 -13, 2019. Six teams will participate in the round-robin, pool-play event, followed by sudden-death playoffs.

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Calling all volunteers!

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is now accepting applications for key volunteer positions across a number of committees for the 2018-19 hockey season.

Volunteers are the faces of Hockey Alberta within their communities, positively representing themselves and the organization in regular encounters on a daily basis with participants in our sport.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers play integral roles in ensuring that Hockey Alberta is able to deliver high quality and efficient programming and services to the more than 90,000 participants across the province. Responsibilities range from day-to-day involvement in administration and discipline decisions for minor hockey, to coaching, instructing and mentoring, to working as a trainer or equipment manager in the Team Alberta program.

Currently, applications are being sought from interested individuals for Chair positions on each of 11 Committees, Zone Coordinator positions on five Committees, and MHA Ambassadors.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM >

Volunteering with Hockey Alberta also offers the following opportunities:

  • To stay involved in the game that you love
  • To engage the community to improve the game of hockey in Alberta
  • To develop interpersonal skills that go beyond the game

More information can be found on the volunteer page of Hockey Alberta’s website.

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Central wins the 2018 Alberta Cup

SPRUCE GROVE - Team Central is skating away from Spruce Grove as 2018 Alberta Cup champions.

Drew Sim stopped 25 shots to earn his second-straight shutout, leading Central to a 2-0 win over Edmonton Yellow to avenge an 8-3 loss during round-robin play.

Brett Moravec and Myles Hilman scored for Central, while Charlie Wright added two assists.

Calgary South claimed bronze with a 2-1 overtime win over Edmonton Blue in the B Final. Earlier in the day, South defeated Calgary North 9-3 in the C Final, while Northwest scored with less than a minute left in overtime to beat Northeast 3-2 in the D Final.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap > | Day Three Recap >


A Final

Central 2 - Edmonton Yellow 0

Players of the Game: Central - #31 Drew Sim | Edmonton Yellow - #5 Kyle Masters

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B Final

Calgary South 2 - Edmonton Blue 1 (OT)

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #10 Dylan James | Edmonton Blue - #9 Colton Dach

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C Final

South 9 - Calgary North 3

Players of the Game: South - #2 Carson Haynes | Calgary North - #2 Kent Anderson

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D Final

Northwest 3 - Northeast 2 (OT)

Players of the Game: Northwest - #3 Graeme Hampton | Northeast - #1 Ashton Billesberger

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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From left: Keagan Slaney, Corson Ceulemans, Lochlan Gordon, Blake Eastman, Dylan Guenther and Kai Uchacz. (Photo credit: LA Media)


2018 Alberta Cup All-Stars announced

SPRUCE GROVE - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the 2018 Alberta Cup All-Stars, and the 2018 All-Star Official.

The tournament All-Stars and All-Star Official were announced Saturday night at the Alberta Cup banquet at Heritage Park in Spruce Grove. All-Stars were voted on by Alberta Cup team staff.

Goaltender

#1 Lochlan Gordon - Edmonton Yellow

GP: 2 | MP: 120 | W: 2 | L: 0 | OTL: 0 | T: 0 | SO: 1 | SA: 64 | GA: 4 | SVS: 60 | GAA: 2.00 | SV%: .940


Defence

#3 Corson Ceulemans - Northeast

GP: 4 | G: 3 | A: 2 | Pts: 5 | PIM: 4


Defence

#6 Keagan Slaney - Central

GP: 4 | G: 0 | A: 5 | Pts: 5 | PIM:2


Forward

#12 Blake Eastman - Edmonton Yellow

GP: 4 | G: 6 | A: 3 | Pts: 9 | PIM: 0


Forward

#14 Dylan Guenther - Edmonton Blue

GP: 4 | G: 6 | A: 6 | Pts: 12 | PIM: 8


Forward

#19 Kai Uchacz - South

GP: 4 | G: 7 | A: 3 | Pts: 10 | PIM: 6


All-Star Official

Brody McGrath - North Zone

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Slash repeat as champions at 2018 Esso Cup

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The St. Albert Slash became the first team in Esso Cup history to repeat as back-to-back champions, defeating the Saskatoon Stars 2-1 to win gold at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship.

“It was pretty amazing, nothing can beat it,” St. Albert Slash captain Tyra Meropoulis, of Edson, said of her feelings after the game. “Winning two in a row is unbelievable. It is such an amazing feeling.”

After suffering a 4-1 loss to the Stars in the preliminary round, the Slash rebounded in the championship game by opening the scoring with just under three minutes remaining in the first period. Late-period goals were the key to the team’s success, as St. Albert took a 2-0 lead with less than one minute remaining in the second period. The Stars cut the deficit in half 47 seconds into the third period, but could not find the back of net as time expired.

“[St. Albert] did a great job. An absolutely great job,” said Greg Slobodzian, head coach of the Saskatoon Stars. “We haven’t been pressured like that in a long time. Our girls didn’t know how to handle it at the beginning, but I thought we answered really well in the third period. It could have went either way."

Meropoulis led the Slash with one goal and one assist in the final, while veteran Madison Willan of Edmonton recorded the game-winning goal in the second period. Jayme Doyle of Calahoo also registered one assist in the game.

Goaltender Camryn Drever of Edmonton made 14 saves on her way to securing the win, while Mackenzie Butz of Sherwood Park earned player of the game honours for St. Albert.

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2018 Alberta Cup: Day Three recap

SPRUCE GROVE - The final match-ups are set, and Edmonton Yellow and Central will go head-to-head in the 2018 Alberta Cup final on Sunday.

Central defeated Calgary South 8-0, and Edmonton Yellow beat Edmonton 6-4. Calgary South and Edmonton Blue will play in the B Final.

Earlier in the day, Calgary North and South secured spots in the C Final, while Northeast and Northwest will square off in the D Final.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap > | Day Two Recap >


Game #13 - C/D Semi-Final 1

Calgary North 7 - Northeast 6 (OT)

Players of the Game: Calgary North - #20 Dean Spak | Northeast - #9 Ryan Chambers

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Game #14 - C/D Semi-Final 2

Northeast 7 - Edmonton Blue 1

Players of the Game: Northeast - #18 Joshua Parker | Edmonton Blue - #3 Joe Hawkins

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Game #15 - A/B Semi-Final 1

South 4 - Northwest 2

Players of the Game: South - #31 Tyler Palmer | Northwest - #5 Marc Lajoie

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Game #16 - A/B Semi-Final 2

Edmonton Yellow 5 - Edmonton Blue 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #10 Dustyn Chetek | Edmonton Blue - #17 Ashton McNelly

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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2018 Alberta Cup: Day Two recap

SPRUCE GROVE - After another busy day of hockey at the 2018 Alberta Cup, round-robin play wrapped-up, and the standings are now set heading into Saturday.

After going undefeated (3-0-0) through round-robin play, Edmonton Yellow locked up first in Pool A. Central claimed the other semi-final spot, finishing 2-1, while Calgary North and Northwest finished third and fourth, respectively.

With a win and a loss on Friday, Calgary South finished at the top of Pool B. Edmonton Blue and South tied their final round-robin game to each finish 1-1-1, but Edmonton Blue clinched second place in Pool B by virtue of a tie-breaker, with Northeast coming in fourth.

Saturday kicks off with Northeast and Calgary North playing in the first C/D Semi-Final at 9:00 a.m., and Northwest and South in the other at 9:30 a.m. Calgary South and Central battle in Semi-Final One at 11:45 a.m., and Day Three closes out with the other Semi-Final game between Edmonton Yellow and Edmonton Blue at 2:15 p.m.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule > | Day One Recap >


Game #7

South 5 - Northeast 2

Players of the Game: South - #19 Kai Uchacz | Northeast - #14 Tyson Laventure

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Game #8

Calgary South 5 - Edmonton Blue 4

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #6 Trey Patterson | Edmonton Blue - # 9 Colton Dach

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Game #9

Edmonton Yellow 8 - Central 3

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #12 Blake Eastman | Central - #7 Charlie Wright

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Game #10

Calgary North 4 - Northwest 3

Players of the Game: Calgary North - #1 Dylan Lacroix | Northwest - #18 Ethan Sundar

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Game #11

Edmonton Blue 5 - South 5

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #10 Nicholas Degraves | South - #19 Kai Uchacz

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Game #12

Northeast 3 - Calgary South 0

Players of the Game: Northeast - #5 Austin Lusok | Calgary South - #12 Owen MacNeil

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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Members of Edmonton Yellow and Northwest pay tribute to all those affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. (Photo credit: LA Media)


2018 Alberta Cup: Day One recap

SPRUCE GROVE - After a busy first day of the 2018 Alberta Cup in Spruce Grove, Edmonton Yellow and Central came away with two wins, while Edmonton Blue and Calgary South won their only games of the day.

In Pool A, both Edmonton Yellow and Central defeated Northwest and Calgary North, while Edmonton Blue and Calgary South won their games over Northeast and South, respectively.

Pool B teams will each play a pair of games on day two, while Pool A teams will each play just one. Round-robin play wraps up after day two, with the top two teams in each pool earning a spot in the Alberta Cup semi-finals.

Standings > | Leaders > | Schedule >


Game #1

Edmonton Yellow 8 - Calgary North 4

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #12 Blake Eastman | Northwest - #20 Dean Spak

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Game #2

Central 6 - Northwest 2

Players of the Game: Central - #8 Craig Armstrong | Northwest - # 16 Codie Saunders

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Game #3

Calgary South 6 - South 3

Players of the Game: Calgary South - #12 Owen MacNeil | South - #4 Dru Krebs

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Game #4

Edmonton Blue 6 - Northeast 2

Players of the Game: Edmonton Blue - #14 Dylan Guenther | Northeast - #3 Corson Ceulemans

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Game #5

Central 9 - Calgary North 2

Players of the Game: Central - #16 Ty Mueller | Calgary North -a #11 Jayden Davis

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Game #6

Edmonton Yellow 3 - Northwest 0

Players of the Game: Edmonton Yellow - #1 Lochlan Gordon | #2 Devin Aubin

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Alberta Built Player of the Day

The Alberta Built player of the day is the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an "Alberta Built" player. Alberta Built is defined as:

1 - Good person - Know who you are.
2 - Character player - Believe in yourself.
3 - Grit player - Thrive on adversity
4 - Leadership - Treat yourself & people right
5 - Standard of performance - Focused approach on process - ALWAYS COMPETE - EVERY-DAYERS

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Spruce Grove welcomes the 2018 Alberta Cup

SPRUCE GROVE - Many of the top 2003-born male hockey players from around the province have converged on Spruce Grove this week for the 2018 Alberta Cup.

Eight teams are taking to the ice at the Agrena from Thursday to Sunday: Calgary North, Calgary South, Central, Edmonton Blue, Edmonton Yellow, Northeast, Northwest and South.

The teams will play in a four-day, tournament-format competition. The event also features an education seminar hosted by the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Full tournament results will be displayed on the score ticker at the top of both hockeyalberta.ca and abcup.ca. Schedules, stats and standings can also be found at abcup.ca. You can also follow along with the action on Twitter.

The Alberta Cup is the premier event in the province that helps identify the top male players in Alberta. It is well attended by scouts as they prepare for the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft. In addition to player evaluations, the competition is also an opportunity for administrators, coaches, trainers and referees to be evaluated for future positions with the Team Alberta Program.

Alberta Cup graduates include Matt Dumba, Braden Holtby, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk, and Andrew Ference.

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Orest Korbutt: 1937-2018

RED DEER - Orest Korbutt, a Life Member of Hockey Alberta, died on Friday, April 20 at the age of 81.

Orest had a long history of volunteer service to amateur hockey in Alberta, across Canada, and around the world. He served as the President of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Alberta) for six years, from 1980-1986. During his time as President, he established the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, a Scholarship program, and an Endowment Fund.

At the national level, Orest served six years on the Board of Directors with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and was instrumental in establishing the national medical and liability insurance program. Internationally, Orest was actively involved in exchange programs with the Japanese and Chinese Ice Hockey Federations that lasted for more than three decades.

At the local level in Edmonton with the Knights of Columbus association, he was instrumental in the purchase of their twin ice pad and helped oversee operations of the arena complex.

Outside of hockey, Orest was a leader with several organizations. He served as Chair of the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Chair of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for 15 years, Chair of the task force that created the Alberta Sports Plan, and as a Board member with Sports Central.

Orest’s work and achievements have been recognized over the years, with numerous honours bestowed including: Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Order of Merit and Recognition Award, Alberta Amateur Hockey Association Life Membership, Edmonton Minor Hockey Association Life Membership and Recognition Award, Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductee (1988), Edmonton Sport Hall of Fame inductee, City of Edmonton Achievement Award, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2013) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013.

Hockey Alberta extends its deepest condolences to Orest’s wife of 63 years, Gertrude, and their family: children, Corrine (Fred), Therese, Greg (Stacey), Jackie (Michael); seven grandchildren; and one great grandson.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street NW, Edmonton, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Orest’s memory to Edmonton Sports Central.

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St. Albert Slash, Lethbridge Hurricanes in the hunt for National titles

RED DEER - Alberta is well-represented on the National stage this week, as the St. Albert Slash and Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes compete in the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

The St. Albert Slash (Midget Female AAA) of the Alberta Female Hockey League are representing the Pacific region at the tournament for the second straight year, and are the reigning Esso Cup champions.

The Slash kick off their tournament Sunday afternoon at 12:30 against the Pionnières de Lanaudière in Bridgewater, N.S.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >


The Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes kick off their quest for the Telus Cup Monday at 5:00 p.m. against host Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves .

The Hurricanes earned the right to represent the Pacific Regional after defeating the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in two straight games earlier this month.

Schedule > | Stats > | Standings >

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AFHL hands out 2017-18 league awards

RED DEER – The Alberta Female Hockey League is pleased to announce the 2017-18 league award and scholarship winners.

Four awards are handed out in each league: Most Valuable Player, Top Goaltender, Top Rookie, and Coach of the Year. One award is also given for the AFHL Administrator of the Year.


Bantam Elite

Most Valuable Player: Jenna Goodwin, Sherwood Park Royals
Top Goaltender: Ali Kieren, Calgary Fire White
Top Rookie: Jayde Cadieux, Lloydminster Jr. Steelers
Coach of the Year: Kath Surbey, Calgary Fire White


Midget Elite

Most Valuable Player: Sydney Benko, Calgary Fire Red
Top Goaltender: Holly Borrett, St. Albert Sharks
Top Rookie: Hayleigh Craig, Lethbridge Cyclones
Coach of the Year: Tom Molloy, Calgary Fire White


Midget AAA

Most Valuable Player: Bella McKee, Lloydminster PWM Steelers
Top Goaltender: Camryn Drever, St. Albert Slash
Top Rookie: Josie McLeod, Rocky Mountain Raiders
Coach of the Year: Paul Pozzi, Rocky Mountain Raiders


Administrator of the Year

AFHL Administrator of the Year: Steve Hughes, Lloydminster Minor Hockey


AFHL Scholarship Winners

The Alberta Female Hockey League annually presents four scholarships; two to graduating players from the AFHL as well as two to young women currently attending post secondary and who are giving back to the game through coaching or officiating. All of these scholarships will be awarded to help off-set the costs of pursuing a post secondary degree at the institution of their choice.

The AFHL received an overwhelming response to the scholarship fund and recipients were chosen from an extremely deep pool of applicants. Finalists were chosen based on their strong academics, positive contribution to their team as well as their involvement with their community.

Offical: Emily Hill, Olds College
Coach: Tricia Van Vaerenberg, University of Lethbridge
Midget Elite: Alexis Pfeffer, North Central Impact
Midget AAA: Mackenzie Butz, St. Albert Slash

Congratulations to all AFHL Award winners and scholarship recipients!

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Coach of the Month - March

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for March is Kyle Johnson of Clive.

Kyle is currently the Head Coach of the Clive Initiation Blackhawks.

"This was actually my first year as a head coach," said Kyle. "Helping these kids develop a love for the game of hockey and contributing to their development is something I take very seriously. I had an awesome group of assistant coaches helping and our team did very well this season. It is an amazing gesture to be nominated for this type of award and I am very thankful."

"Kyle is all about the kids! What a great guy to have mentoring our Initiation aged kids," said the parent who nominated Kyle. "He makes a point of connecting with each child before a game or practice, and let’s them know that he’s so happy they’re there and he wishes them a great practice or game. His positivity radiates, and the kids just beam when he’s on the ice with them. He’s wonderful about making practices fun, but also explains to them the importance of the skills that they’re building. Fun is the top priority, but Kyle has worked hard to come up with practice plans that promote skill growth and fun. The kids are being equipped with the skills to move forward in a positive growth mindset, and having fun doing it. After each game Kyle will point out something that each child has done well, and shows the team how to celebrate each other’s successes and how together that adds up to the team having success as a group. Every child gets the same opportunity with Kyle, and he’s so proud of his little group and what they’ve achieved this season."

Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.


For more details on Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month, or to nominate a coach, click here.

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Respect in Sport – Required Recertification

In the spring of 2017, Hockey Alberta announced that – effective for the 2018-19 season – Parents and Coaches/Team Officials would be required to recertify their Respect in Sport every four seasons. The requirement to recertify comes into effect on May 1.

For the 2018-19 season, the requirement to recertify affects Parents and Coaches/Team Officials who completed their Respect in Sport certification prior to the 2015-16 season.

The Respect in Sport Parent Program helps define a standard of behaviour for all parents and create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved. Parents want to do a great job supporting their kids. Respect in Sport provides parents with the tools to do just that.

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates coaches and activity leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. It may be the single most important training leaders receive to assist in creating a safe, healthy and respectful environment for all participants. NOTE: Speak Out is no longer recognized as a relevant program for coaches.

For more information on Respect in Sport, and the recertification process: Respect in Sport >

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BLOG: Community mourns young lives lost

Hockey Alberta’s Regional Consultant, South, Matt Weninger, contributes regularly to the Lethbridge Herald with his "Hockey Talk" column. His most recent piece focuses on the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, and the effect by the entire hockey world, the country, and beyond.


It is in quite a sombre and reflective mood that I write this article. Usually I like to start my column discussing the weather or some programs that Hockey Alberta is running. All of that seems to feel irrelevant this week based on both the tragedy in Humboldt and the news of Brock Hirsche passing away Sunday morning.

It is rather difficult to comprehend what happened in Humboldt and even more challenging to understand the magnitude of this accident. I coached Layne Matechuk at the U16 WHL Cup a few years ago (who remains in a coma at this point), played hockey with assistant coach Mark Cross last year and crossed paths several times with Logan Boulet over the years (both of whom passed away). As well, my neighbour Andrew Thompson was a member of the Broncos last year before a trade took him to Melfort where he finished the season, and saw his season end at the hands of the Broncos no less.

I have rode buses for hundreds of thousands of miles (maybe more but definitely not less) in both my playing and coaching career – blindly placing all of my trust in the bus driver to get us to our destination safely.

Those who have never played junior hockey (or even hockey in general) may not understand the sanctity of the bus. The bus is where we live, watch movies, do homework, play cards, sleep and socialize with our teammates. Where we drive from one location to the next in a travelling box that at its best the TVs work, the Wi-Fi works and is a tolerable place to be. At its worst it smells like the bathroom, is too hot or too cold and most assuredly is uncomfortable.

The reality is that anyone who has played a high level of hockey has more than a few unhappy stories of 16-hour bus rides, of hearing the rumble strips at 2 a.m. and of buses breaking down on the side of the road hours from your destination. We hate the bus, we dread the trips but we tolerate it because we love the game, we strive for the competition and we would do anything for the teammates we ride the bus for (even the ones whose personal hygiene in these confined spaces isn’t ideal and those who can’t hold it until the next time the bus stops).

I have ridden a bus from Canton, N.Y. to Houghton, Michigan, and Flin Flon, Man. to Estevan, Sask., and those are only a few of the horrible trips I can name. I used to bring a big, thick blanket, place it on the floor with a pillow over top and sleep on the floor through the night because that beat having to try and squish on a lumpy seat with the cold window as a pillow. The bus trips were not something to look forward to and the longer the trip and the worse the weather the more dreaded the trip home.

But that is part of the culture of hockey, and it will never change. I am not one to complain about that culture and I don’t want anyone to think I am complaining about the lifestyle. Because I don’t want it to change. Because as bad as those bus trips are, the reward of getting to play the game you love in front of thousands of people who either cheer you or jeer you is the rush that is worth the bus trip. The challenge of winning a game -and to those who don’t understand it, we know it is only a game – is worth the reward of the nine-hour bus ride. And should you lose – that nine-hour bus ride is necessary to cure the mental anguish of the loss.

It’s not about hockey players being a different breed. It’s about the friendships built on a team, the bond built within a group and the bus being the means to meet a challenge and to live a temporary dream that we all know will one day come to an end. The sad part of this story is so many in the hockey world can connect to life on the bus. We all feel so emotionally scarred seeing 16 individuals living the same dream that we can all connect with and seeing so many dreams and lives end in a tragic accident.

I will never forget hearing the news of that bus accident last weekend, and I will also never forget the many bus trips I have taken throughout my life, whether that was home from a loss or home from a win. But this weekend made me appreciate how lucky I was to be able to return home.

I’d also like acknowledge the loss our community feels with the passing of Brock Hirsche. My last column, I aimed to show my respect and gratitude of how incredible a person Brock was. Even when I was writing that column I still believed we’d have many more months of Brock with us, that I would run into Brock many more times. Unfortunately, Brock left us much too soon.

This weekend has hit our community extremely hard. To those we lost last weekend, you will be missed, and the reaction from the rest of the world assures your legacy will live on.

The memorial service for Brock will be on Friday at Nicholas Sheran, and the memorial for Logan will be Saturday at Nicholas Sheran. There are two families in our community that are hurting and this is a chance for us to show them our support.

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Standardized tiering coming to Alberta for 2018-19 season

RED DEER – Hockey Alberta, its two largest Minor Hockey Associations, and the four largest minor leagues in the province are pleased to announce that the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model will be in operation for the 2018-19 season.

Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), Northern Alberta Interlock, All Peace Hockey League, and North Eastern Alberta Hockey League are implementing the Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model for the upcoming hockey season.

Consistency in tiering has been a significant concern raised in feedback provided by families across the province in Participant Satisfaction Surveys conducted by Hockey Alberta in 2015 and 2017.

For the past year, these six organizations have worked within Hockey Alberta’s Minor Leagues Committee to develop a tiering model that ensures teams are tiered accurately and consistently by accounting for the size of a minor hockey association, the size of a league, and various geographic factors.

The Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model includes:

  • Six tiers within the divisions of Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget.
  • A tiering grid to assist organizations in placing their teams within a specific division.
  • The ability for larger organizations to split tiers into smaller groups based on number of teams, games to be played and travel
  • The ability for smaller organizations to utilize the grid to determine the number of tiers to operate based on number of teams.
  • Teams proceed through tiering rounds for final placement determined by policies of the individual league.

Hockey Alberta’s member organizations were informed of the new Alberta One Standardized Tiering Model through an Information Bulletin on April 11.

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Slash, Hurricanes win Pacific Regional Championships

RED DEER - A pair of Alberta Midget AAA teams punched their tickets to National Championships over the weekend.

The St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash and Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes both won the Pacific Regional Championship to advance to the Esso Cup and Telus Cup, respectively.

In Richmond, BC, the St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League defeated the Greater Vancouver Comets for the second straight year, and will now defend their 2017 Esso Cup title.

The Slash took the three-game series two games to one, winning game one 4-2 and losing game two 4-2, before edging the Comets 1-0 to claim the Pacific Regional banner.

The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, the Lethbridge Hurricanes swept the three-game series against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, winning games one and two by 5-3 and 6-1 scores, respectively.

The Hurricanes will head to the 2018 Telus Cup in Sudbury, Ontario, which runs April 23-29.

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Slash, Hurricanes set for Pacifics

RED DEER - A pair of Alberta teams look to punch their ticket to a national championship as the Midget AAA and Midget AAA Female Pacific Regional Championships go this weekend.

Less than a week removed from winning the Midget AAA provincial championship, the Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes head to Chilliwack, BC to take on the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the 2018 Telus Cup. Games one and two are set for Friday and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively, with game three scheduled for Sunday at 12 noon, if necessary.

The 2018 Telus Cup runs April 23-29 in Sudbury, Ontario.

Meanwhile, for the second straight year, the St. Albert Ron Hodgson Slash of the Alberta Female Hockey League will travel to Richmond to battle the Greater Vancouver Comets for a spot in the Esso Cup. The Slash defeated the Comets in last year’s Pacific Regional Championships en route to an Esso Cup championship.

Games one and two are scheduled for Friday at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon, with game three set for Sunday at 1 p.m., if necessary. The 2018 Esso Cup runs April 22-28 in Bridgwater, Nova Scotia.

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Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Past President Kevin Walsh (left), with Hockey Alberta Foundation Executive Director Tim Leer.


Piper Creek Optimists’ Battle of Alberta brings in $21,000 for EKEC

RED DEER – The second annual Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer’s Battle of Alberta fundraiser for the Every Kid Every Community program was a major success, with $21,000 going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The event was held in January at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer, with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans gathering for a night of hockey, stories, and a chance to win tickets to see the Battle of Alberta in Edmonton on January 25, and in Calgary on March 31.

The night was hosted by Red Deer Rebel’s Game Night Host Troy Gillard. Special guests Rob Brown, Jason Strudwick and Curtis Glencross were also in attendance, and treated the crowd to an intimate hockey hot stove.


From left: Rob Brown, Curtis Glencross and Jason Strudwick

“We were thrilled to once again partner with the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer to bring the Battle of Alberta fundraising event back for a second year,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The event was once again a major sucess, and we are very humbled by everyone’s support of Every Kid Every Community.”

The event brought in just under $30,000 total, with roughly $8,000 going back to the Piper Creek Optimist Club for other youth initiatives in Central Alberta.

The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo’s Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, ATB Investor Services, McCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd., WestJet, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, Your Wedding Place and the FrèreRealty Team.

Another thank you goes out to the silent auction and door prize sponsors: Longball Inc, Stewart Creek Golf Club, Ryde RD, YogaNation, Troubled Monk Brewery, Famoso Red Deer, Red Deer Rebels, Calgary Hitmen, Heritage Lanes, Hansen Distillery, Cold Garden Beverage Company, Wild Rose Brewery, Tool Shed Brewing Company, Annex Ale Project, Last Best Brewing and Distilling, Coulee Brew Co, Stone Heart Distillery, Alley Kat Brewing Co, and Folding Mountain Brewing.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three results

RED DEER - The third and final weekend of Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, wrapped up on Sunday with seven new champions being crowned.

Teams skating away with gold medals were: Wainwright Bisons (Junior B), Sherwood Park Renegades (Junior C), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Midget AAA), Spruce Grove PAC Saints (Midget AA), Calgary Fire White (Midget Female Elite), Lakeland Panthers (Bantam AA), Medicine Hat Hounds (Peewee AA).

The Junior A Provincial Championship will be decided through the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs. The North and South Division finals began on March 30. The Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers are tied 1-1 in the South Division Final, while the Spruce Grove Saints carry a 2-0 lead over the Whitecourt Wolverines in the North Division Final.

The 2018 Bantam AAA Provincial Champion Airdrie Xtreme were one shot away from gold at the 2018 Western Bantam AAA Championships in Kamloops, losing in double overtime to bring home a silver medal.

2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gold Medal Games

Junior B - Wainwright Bisons 5, Red Deer Vipers 1
Junior C - Sherwood Park Renegades 9, Springbank Rockies 4
Midget AA - Spruce Grove PAC Saints 4, Lethbridge Hounds 2
Midget Female Elite - Calgary Fire White 2, St. Albert Sharks 0
Bantam AA - Lakeland Panthers 4, West Central Tigers 1
Peewee AA - Medicine Hat Hounds 2, Springbank Rockies 1 (2OT)

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Previous Results

Week One Results > | Week Two Results >


2018 HOCKEY ALBERTA PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWN SERIES

Senior AAA – Stony Plain Eagles VS. Lacombe Generals
Lacombe Generals win best-of-seven series 4-1

Game One: Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 4
Game Two:
Lacombe 3, Stony Plain 4
Game Three:
Stony Plain 2, Lacombe 7
Game Four
: Lacombe 6, Stony Plain 3
Game Five: Stony Plain 1 @ Lacombe 6

Allan Cup – April 9-14 – Rosetown, Saskatchewan


Midget AAA – Lethbridge AAA Hurricanes vs Knights of Columbus Pats
Lethbridge wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: KC 0 @ Lethbridge 4
Game Two: KC 4 @ Lethbridge 2
Game Three: Lethbridge 2 @ KC 4
Game Four: Lethbridge 5 @ KC 2
Game Five: KC 1 @ Lethbridge 6

Telus Cup – April 23-29 – Sudbury, Ontario


Bantam AAA – Airdrie Xtreme vs. St. Albert Sabres
Airdrie wins best-of-five series 3-2

Game One: Airdrie 3, St. Albert 2 (OT)
Game Two: Airdrie 3,
St. Albert 2 (3OT)
Game Three: St. Albert 7, Airdrie 6 (OT)
Game Four: St. Albert 4, Airdrie 3
Game Five: Airdrie 2 @ St. Albert 1 (4OT)

Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship – March 29 - April 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

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Volunteers sought for Officials Committee positions

RED DEER - Applications are now being accepted from experienced and interested individuals to serve in a leadership capacity with Hockey Alberta’s Officials Committee for the 2018-19 season.

Available positions include the Officials Committee Chair, as well as the Regional Coordinator (previously Zone Chair) positions for each of the six Officials Regions in the province: Peace, North, North East, North Central, Central and South.

In addition, applications also are being accepted for the following Coordinator positions: Data, Match Penalty, Supervision, Male Development and Female Development.

The Officials Committee provides oversight and monitoring of the delivery of the Hockey Canada Officiating Program within Hockey Alberta. The Committee is responsible for the administration, operational standards and development of new components regarding the officiating program in Alberta. Responsibilities include: recruiting, training, mentoring, developing and evaluating officials; selecting and appointing officials for all provincial, regional and national championship games/events hosted in Alberta; and providing guidance and leadership on all matters pertaining to officiating with leagues, minor hockey associations and other stakeholders.

Deadline for applications for the Committee Chair is May 1. Deadline for applications for the Coordinator positions is May 8.

Please note that Hockey Alberta’s application platform requires that once you start an application you must complete and submit in the same sitting.

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Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships: Week Three Preview

RED DEER - The third and final week of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial, kicks off on Thursday across the province with the final six tournaments of 2018.

Provincial championships set for March 29 - April 1 include: Junior B (Fort St. John), Junior C (Sherwood Park), Midget AA (Spruce Grove), Midget Female Elite (Calgary), Bantam AA (Edmonton), Peewee AA (Glenlake/Calgary).

You can keep track of all this weekend’s tournaments at haprovincials.ca, by following along with the score ticker at hockeyalberta.ca, on Facebook, or on Twitter (using the hashtags #HAProvincials or #ATBProvincials), or on Snapchat (username: hockeyalberta).

Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial are also proud to unveil a brand new Snapchat filter, available at all Provincial rinks across the province. Players and fans are encouraged to use the Provincials filter, and send a photo to Hockey Alberta on Snapchat for a chance to win a gift card prize pack from Hockey Alberta and ATB Financial

You can also follow along with a number of individual tournaments on social media:

Junior B:
Twitter
Midget AA: Twitter
Midget Female Elite: Twitter
Bantam AA: